AngloGold Ashanti Iduapriem Mine, a gold mining company in the Western Region has embarked on a mass Ebola educational campaign in its host communities.
According to the mining company, the initiative was part of contribution to critical efforts required to prepare the country to effectively curb any likely outbreak of the disease.
The campaign also formed part of the mining company’s corporate social responsibility to the people, particularly, in the area of public health.
The Anglogold Ebola educational campaign was carried out in communities such as Adeiyie, Mile 7, Domeabra and New Techiman; all host communities of the mining company.
Stakeholder Superintendent of the company, Senyo Buake, explained that the campaign was aimed at informing the communities on preventive measures and to provide a first-hand advice on how to avoid the infection.
He disclosed that the programme afforded the residents of the mine’s host communities the opportunity to ask questions and to hear the message in their native languages, which would enhance their understanding about Ebola and its preventive measures.
The chiefs and people in the communities expressed their appreciation to the company for the initiative.
Iduapriem Mine considers it paramount to initiate the educational campaign for all to help prevent an outbreak of the disease in Ghana by complementing the efforts of government.
The mine in collaboration with the Tarkwa-Nsuaem Municipal Health Directorate had already set up an Isolation Ward at the Tarkwa Old Government Hospital with World Health Organisation (WHO) trained staff.
According to the company, all suspected cases diagnosed on the mine would be sent to the facility at the government hospital about 20 km from the mine for isolation and laboratory confirmation.
Ebola virus disease (EVD), also known as Ebola haemorrhagic fever, causes a severe acute viral illness often characterised by the sudden onset of fever, intense weakness, muscle pain, headache, diarrhoea and acute vomiting.
From Emmanuel Opoku, Takoradi
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