As part of its corporate social responsibility Newmont Ahafo Mine has provided free health screening on HIV, malaria, blood pressure, sugar level and body mass index at Susuanso in the Tano North District of the Brong Ahafo Region.

The health screening exercise which marked World Malaria Day was organised in collaboration with German International Cooperation (GIZ) and the Ghana Health Service (GHS).

The theme for this year’s celebration was: “Sustain gains, save lives: Invest in malaria.”

Nearly two hundred people from the community participated in the celebration and checked their health status.

Addressing the people prior to health screening, the District Director of Health Services, Dr Yakubu Bayayinah, disclosed that 22% of OPD cases in Tano North were malaria-related.

He advised the public to seek early treatment when they feel feverish to avoid any complications.

The DCE of the area, Hon. Apraku Lartey, also noted that the rate at which people die of malaria is higher that deaths recorded as a result of HIV/AIDS, and so all hands must be on deck to fight the disease.

He commended Newmont and GIZ, for their continued support towards malaria control in communities around the mine and called on all stakeholders to also contribute toward the prevention of the disease. Newmont has so far Newmont launched its Community Malaria Program in 2009 to help in malaria prevention as part of its corporate social responsibility.

sponsored the training of Asutifi and Tano North district health service staff in malaria diagnosis at the Kintampo Health Research Center (KHRC), and equipped the Gyedu Health Center with malaria diagnostic tools.

In addition, Newmont Ahafo Mine has spent about $26,000 on the training of Peer Educators and distributed over 5,000 insecticide treated bed nets valued at about $37,000 to individuals through door-to-door education and demonstration exercises in communities around the mine.

STORY: FROM MICHAEL SARPONG MFUM, SUSUANSO, B/A

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