Two institutions donate to Ghana Health Service in Tarkwa

By Erica
Apeatua Addo, GNA

Akyempim (W/R), Sept. 26, GNA – AngloGold
Ashanti Iduapriem (AAI) Gold Mines and African Mining Services (AMS) have
donated a number of items to the Tarkwa Nsueam Health Directorate.

The items which include a Toyota Hilux Pick
Up, 6 desk top computers, 4 printers and 4 external hard drives forms part of
their corporate social responsibility to the area.

Mr Jasper Musadaidzwa, the Managing Director
of AAI Gold Mines, presenting the items said, a year ago the mines launched its
Integrated Malaria Programme under the theme: “End malaria for good in our
communities.”

He said the objective was to reduce malaria
cases recorded in the mines and its host communities to 75 per cent by the year
2020 and contribute to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goal 13
which considers good health and well-being.

Mr Musadaidzwa said after a year of successful
implementation in partnership with the Tarkwa Nsueam Municipal Health
Directorate and the Private Sector Malaria Programme of the John Hopkins Centre
of Communication, they have made significant progress.

He said statistics from the Sam Jonah hospital
in the mines indicates that the incidence of malaria has reduced from 18.4 per
cent to 4.8 per cent, representing about 70 per cent among the mine employees.

He said reports from the Tarkwa Nsuaem
Municipal Health Directorate also revealed that malaria cases from the
Iduapriem Sub Municipal which was made up of 80 per cent of their host
communities, had reduced from 225 to 166, representing 66 per cent.

Aside the Integrated Malaria Programme, Mr
Musadaidzwa said, the company has also commissioned and handed over a
well-equipped health centre to the Municipal Health Directorate to enable
residents of Wangarakrom, Badukrom, Nkyemia and its surrounding villages have
access to quality health care.

Mr Musadaidzwa said to ensure a holistic
approach to health care delivery and achieve the SDG 13, strengthening the
institutions, especially in the area of monitoring and evaluation was
essential.

He said it was against this background that
AAI Gold Mines partnered one of its major contractors, AMS to contribute to
enhancing the capacity of the Tarkwa Nsuaem Municipal Health Directorate.   

Handing over the keys of the vehicle to Mr
Joseph Abu Baka, the Municipal Health Director, the Operations Manager of
AMS-Ghana, he said they would continue to assist in the developmental projects
of AAI Gold Mines in its stakeholder communities.

He urged the health directorate to manage the
items well so that they reach every community.

Mr Emmanuel Affelkum, the Municipal Health
Director, who received the items, said every year his outfit immunizes more
than 10,000 children in the municipality.

He said with the new vehicle their work would
be easier and they would intensify their monthly visits to all health
facilities in the municipality.

Mr Affelkum expressed gratitude to the two
companies and promised to take good care of the items.

GNA

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