Golden Star donates to health facilities, Muslim communities

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Golden Star Bogoso Prestea Limited (GSBPL) has presented Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to health facilities across the Prestea Huni-Valley Municipality in the Western Region.

The items include 179 boxes of disposable gloves, 62 boxes of N95 nose masks, 9 thermometer flash, 10 boxes of goggles, 10 boxes of hair capS, 72 shoe covers, 56 gallons of hand sanitiser as well as 63 gallons of liquid soap to aid in their work on prevention of coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

Rodney Oddoye, Finance and Administration Manager of Golden Star Bogoso Prestea Limited, when presenting the items cautioned individuals who have been stigmatising those who have recovered from COVID-19 to desist from such an act.

“Since we do not know who is next in line to get infected, we must accept them back into the same society they left,” he said.

“Undoubtedly, every person – irrespective of their class or level – is a potential victim or a carrier of the disease; and therefore, in as much as we empathize with those already infected with the virus, we must also do well to accept them when they are declared fully treated and recovered from the disease by the appropriate Ghana Health Service facility, devoid of any form of stigmatisation,” he stressed.

Mr. Oddoye mentioned that GSBPL sees the host communities as major stakeholders in the company’s operation: “Therefore, we deem it timely and appropriate in the midst of this coronavirus pandemic situation to galvanise all these resources to support the fight against the disease”.

He disclosed that plans are far advanced for the company to roll-out a media campaign targetted toward the host communities on the do’s and don’ts, and on stigmatisation.

Emmanuel Kofi Tamakloe, of the Prestea Huni-Valley Municipal Health Directorate, expressed happiness to GSBPL for the continued support. He said COVID-19 is real, and that if citizens stick to the preventive measures on COVID-19 – such as regular handwashing with soap under running water, use of alcohol-based hand sanitiser and wearing nose masks when stepping out, the municipality will be able to contain the disease.

Francis Abeiku Yankah, the National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO) Director for the Municipality, also thanked Golden Star for providing the items and other facilities to help government in its fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

Muslim community receives food items from GSBPL

In a related development, Golden Star Resources Bogoso Prestea Limited (GSBPL) also donated some food items to the Muslim communities in its operational areas as they observe the month of Ramadan.

The donation, which forms part of the company’s Cooperate Social Responsibility andtook place at the Bogoso Central Mosque last week, was to sustain the long relationship that has existed between GSBPL and Muslims in its catchment areas.

Robert Gyamfi, the Health, Safety, Environment and Community Manager for GSBPL, in donating the items to a few Imams at the Bogoso Mosque said his outfit recognises the prayers they say for the company during Ramadan, and that it is appropriate Golden Star extends a helping hand.

The Muslim communities which benefitted from the donation were from Bogoso, Prestea, Bondaye Boppoh, Dumasi, Mbease Nsuta and Adamanso. They received bags of rice, cooking oil, cartons of soft drinks and bags of sugar.

On behalf of the Muslim community, Idris Muhammed thanked GSBPL for the annual donation to them and promised to always pray for the company which has always thought about the Muslims in its operational areas.

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