IMG_8755Abosso Goldfields Ltd., Damang Mine, as part of its corporate social responsibility to its stakeholder communities has been contributing towards addressing the health needs of the areas under its operation. Over the past few years the company through the Gold Fields Ghana Foundation has provided health infrastructure such as community clinics and nurses quarters for Damang and Bompieso communities. In addition to the provision of infrastructure, the company in collaboration with district directorate of the Ghana Health Service has trained community health facilitators in each of the 9 host communities in its catchment area.

The latest health intervention introduced by the company is the annual community medical outreach programme. Instituted in 2012, the outreach programme seeks to bring medical assistance to the doorstep of the community members and to educate them on the importance of undertaking regular medical checkups.

This year?s programme was held in 3 rural communities namely, Amoanda, Koduakrom and Subri. Community members from nearby hamlets such as Mahuntem and Apeasuman also made their way to the village centers to be attended to.

The outreach programme started at 9:00am on December 14, 2013 with medical doctors, pharmacists, laboratory technicians and nurses from Tarkwa in attendance. Managers and officials from both Tarkwa and Damang Mines of Gold Fields, led by the Employee Wellbeing Unit Manager, Mrs. Charity Tuffour-Kwarteng, also assisted with the programme. Medical screening concentrated on vital health concerns suspected to be common in rural communities such as high blood pressure, diabetes, malaria, diarrhea and general body arches.

Free laboratory examinations were carries out and patient who presented serious conditions were referred to bigger health centers for specialist attention. Medicines were dispensed free of charge to all patients who needed them.

At the Koduakrom, the Community Affairs Manager of Abosso Gold Fields Ltd., Damang Mine ? Mr. Abdel Razak Yakubu assured the community of the continuous support of the company towards tackling the health problems of the community. Mr. Yakubu explained that, in the spirit of creating and sharing a common value with the communities, the company will continue to extend programmes and projects that have been tried and tested on the mine to the wider community. One such programme, he mentioned, is the Employee Wellbeing programme that encourages regular health checks, voluntary HIV/AIDS counseling and testing, adoption of healthy lifestyles among others. He added that the entire programme, this year cost the Foundation in the neighborhood of GHC12,000.00.

In all, over 1150 community members showed up at the outreach programme in the three communities. Out of this number 75% of them were females.

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