The Municipal Director of Health for Tarkwa-Nsuaem, Caroline Effah Otoo, has commended AngloGold Ashanti Iduapriem Mine and the German Cooperation (GIZ) for their role in promoting quality healthcare delivery in the municipality.
She made this commendation following a partnership between the two companies to donate some assorted medical equipment and consumables worth more than 125,000.00Euros to augment healthcare delivery in the Tarkwa-Nsuaem Municipality, especially the mine’s host communities.
The items donated included patient resuscitation machines, nebulisers, hospital beds, autoclaves, thermometers, bedside screens, examination couches, dressing & suturing instruments, pulse oximeters, glucometers, pharmacy fridges, ultrasound scan machines, disposable gloves, disposable medical aprons, and detergents among others.
Speaking at the brief handing-over ceremony, Senior Manager-Health, Safety and Environment for AngloGold Ashanti Iduapriem Mine, Samuel Koffie, reiterated the mine’s commitment to working collaboratively with its partners to promote healthy lives and well-being for all ages, in line with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG 3).
Technical Advisor for GIZ, Mary Bonsu, noted that the donation formed part of efforts to strengthen health systems of mining host communities in the municipality through investment in health infrastructure and training programmes. She said the partnership had embarked on several interventions even before the donation.
“Prior to this donation, Iduapriem and GIZ had organised free health screening and NHIS registration for over 10,000 community residents,” said Mary Bonsu. “Additionally, last year, the partnership commenced a year-long distribution of about 19,000 sanitary-pads to adolescent girls in the mine’s host communities; and conducted several training programmes for health workers within the municipality.”
Receiving the items, Madam Caroline Effah Otoo lauded the partnership between Iduapriem Mine and GIZ, which has birthed several interventions toward improving quality healthcare delivery in the municipality, and pledged to ensure the items serve their intended purpose.