Newmont Ghana has partnered the government through the Asutifi District Assembly in the Ahafo Region to upgrade the Kenyasi Health Centre to the level of a District Hospital.
Newmont invested about US$350,000 (approximately GH¢2 million) in the construction of a 4-unit 2-bedroom doctors’ accommodation and 28-bed capacity paediatric ward to aid the elevation of the health facility.
The government through the Asutifi North District Assembly also constructed a theatre, a maternity, general wards, OPD and nurses’ quarters.
In 2017, Newmont Ghana’s Ahafo mine committed to partner the Asutifi North District Assembly to upgrade the Health Center. The groundbreaking for the project was done April 2019.
The President of Ghana President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo during his recent working visit to the Ahafo Region commissioned the project.
He commended Newmont for partnering government to provide quality healthcare in the district. The president also acknowledged Newmont for the value it is creating in the district and the nation as a whole and urged the youth within the mine host communities to engage in good faith dialogue on issues.
“I urge the youth to resolve issues through dialogue for peaceful co-existence with Newmont and also entreat Nananom to continue to play a key role in resolving issues to enable the mine to operate peacefully for more developments, he said.
The General Manager of Newmont Ahafo Mine, Mr. Okyere Yaw Ntrama reiterated Newmont’s commitment to enhance healthcare delivery and collaborate with all stakeholders to bring development to the mine’s host communities and beyond. “This partnership is an example of what fruitful collaboration can achieve. Newmont will continue to collaborate with the government, communities and all stakeholders to create value for all”
Nana Osei Kofi Abiri, Paramount Chief of Kenyasi No. 1 acknowledged Newmont it support and expressed appreciation to the government for delivering on the promise to upgrade the Kenyasi Health center into a district hospital. “Mr. President, your government has supported us with a theatre, a maternity and general wards, an OPD and nurses quarters. Asutifi North appreciates your support”
Over the years, Newmont Ghana has partnered US based non-governmental organization – Project CURE to provide medical supplies to health institutions and free health screening every year to its host communities and beyond. Over 1,500 community members in Ahafo attended free Newmont sponsored health clinics in 2019.