Bringing Healthcare to Community Doorsteps

Accra, Oct. 18, GNA – Bringing Healthcare to
Community Doorsteps…Newmont Ghana’s Ahafo Mine Partners Project C.U.R.E to
Serve 1,100 Patients

For the aged and vulnerable living in most
rural communities in the country, access to healthcare for periodic medical
attention remains a challenge. 

Recognizing this challenge, in addition to
providing quality healthcare services to both the young and old, Newmont
Ghana’s Ahafo mine in collaboration with Project C.UR.E, a US based non-governmental
organization, has organized free medical clinics for four of its host
communities.

The beneficiary communities are Afrisipakrom,
Susuanso,in the Tano North District  and
OLA Resettlement (Kenyasi No.2) and Ntotroso Resettlement sites; in the Asutifi
North District of the Brong Ahafo region.

For the past six years, Newmont Ghana has been
partnering with Project C.U.R.E to organize annual clinics for its host
communities. This year, a 16-member team of volunteering medical professionals
supported by local community health workers as well as students from the two
Community Nursing Colleges in these areas pitched camp to offer free health
checks and medication to over a 1,100 people who thronged the clinic centers
with various ailments.

Caring
for Households

When Jennifer Pokua a resident of Kenyasi No.
2 new site, heard about the free clinic in her community, she organized her
household and joined the hundreds of community members who queued up early in
the morning waiting for the medical team.

“I love their show of love and smiles when
they were attending to us. They patiently listened to our concerns and the
student nurses served as translators for those of us who could not speak
English.  They took care of my family
free of charge and gave us   medication
as well. I am very happy with their service. They seem to really care about our
wellbeing. I thank Newmont for organizing this clinic” Jennifer said.

Mavis Acheampomaa, a resident of Afrisapakrom
was also unwell when she heard about the clinic coming to her community. She
was very happy with the care given her and expressed her appreciation to the
team for their kindness, expertise and for giving her medication as well as
reading glasses for her short sightedness.

The traditional leader of Kwakyekrom,
Ogyeahoho Adu Nkrumah Yeboah, who also participated in the health screening,
thanked the team for their selflessness and lauded Newmont Ghana for the
initiative. He implored Newmont to make it a quarterly activity due to the high
turnout recorded.

Bringing
love, health and hope

Director of Kits Programme for Project
C.U.R.E, Julie Kreutz King, was happy about delivering health care to people
who needed it most. 

“I believe everybody should have access to
good medical care and therefore we are happy to partner with Newmont who
believe in giving back to their communities through clinics. The company also
encourages us to come to Ghana to organize these clinics for their communities
as well as sending supplies to local clinics multiple times a year.” She said.

Michael Buxton, an Emergency Medical
Technician and team leader with Project C.U.R.E, was happy that his team could
help the communities in improving their daily quality of life.

“We are happy to be here to serve the local
communities and bring health, hope and happiness to the people. It was very
fulfilling for us to be able to treat people most of whom came with Respiratory
Tract infections, Stomach Ulcers, Back and Waist Pain and other ailments; most
of which are treatable by the medicines that we brought. However, we referred
some patients to other local clinics and hospitals if it was something that we
believe required further attention”.

Kits for
kids

Children who visited the clinics with their
parents were given a “Kit for Kids” bag; a drawstring backpack filled with
everyday essentials such as soaps, hand sanitizers, comb, bandages,
hydrocortisone cream etc. packed by children, families and companies.

“I’ve travelled a long way to be here, and
just to give back in a small way means a lot to me” (Amy-Project C.U.R.E
volunteer)

Newmont has been partnering with Project
C.U.R.E in various capacities over the years, through Helping Babies Breathe
(HBB) trainings for midwives and nurses, donation of medical supplies and
equipment to health facilities and health training institutions as well as
clinics in its Ghana operations.

GNA

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