Compiled by Alfred Adams
AngloGold Ashanti, Iduapriem Mine, last weekend put premium on the health of indigenes of its host communities by taking medical services to the doorsteps of the communities.
The medical outreach programme, organised with all costs borne by the mining company, this time round stopped at New Tokunaso, one of the Mine’s host communities, where hundreds of indigenes were examined for all sort of ailments.
Over 200 people were screened for ailments such as malaria, hypertension, respiratory tract infection, hypertension, and skin infection among others.
Those who needed further assessment and management were also referred.
The screening forms part of the Mine’s Community Investment Strategy to promote access to quality basic health services in host communities to contribute to the overall economic growth of the country.
The primary health services programme, which drew scores of people, recorded an impressive turn out.
Sixty year old Naomi Asubonteng, a beneficiary, told Western File: “I am happy. My family and I have had comprehensive medical care from Iduapriem Mine.” She continued: “Had it not being for the Mine’s gesture, where would I have got money for such consultation and quality line of medication, looking at the number of people in my family.”
Another resident, Madam Elizabeth Ardy, on the other hand, remarked that the screening had brought relief in diverse ways.
She, therefore, called on the AngloGold to sustain the initiative, since it complements the efforts of government in bridging the gap in healthcare.
On his part, a community leader of New Tokunaso, Mr. Amos Owusu, expressed appreciation to the Mine for its commitment towards the provision of healthcare, which he described as timely.
AngloGold Ashanti Iduapriem Mine is committed to bringing healthcare closer to its host communities through some of these initiatives.