From Sebastian R. Freiku .
The Women in Mining (WIM) Chapter of the Asanko Gold Mines has organised a three-week exercise, in which it expects about 100 workers of the mine to donate blood to the Saint Martin Catholic Hospital at Agroyesum in the Amansie South District.
The initiative, dubbed ‘Botae Pa’, forms part of the first anniversary celebration of the Asanko Chapter of WIM, established in October 2017 with a target of 100 pints of blood to enhance the overall ‘Asanko Opportunity Cycle’ concept as an integral part of the mine’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), and to promote gender participation in all aspects of our development.
The main objective of the blood donation exercise is to save lives, since lack of sufficient blood at the bank is a leading cause in maternal and child mortality in the Amansie West and South districts.
It is also meant to foster a healthy working relationship between WIM and the health facilities in the area, and as a platform to expose the potential of women in general, and their personal development.
The Executive General Manager, Asanko Gold Mine, Mr. Charles Amoah, said at the official launching of the exercise that the mine recognises the benefits of promoting gender diversity across its business, from the boardroom to the front line, the broader mining community and within host communities, hence, the establishment of the chapter of WIM in the company.
He said 9% of the Asanko Gold Mine workforce is female, above the national average of 6% across the industry.
He expressed optimism that the “Botae Pa” initiative will change the perception about women and girls who are in mining and other related professional industries.
The Nurse Manager of the Saint Martin Catholic Hospital, Rev. St. Mary Assumpta Taabazuing, thanked the Asanko Women in Mining (WIM) for their contribution to the health needs of the people.
She disclosed that most deaths recorded at the facility were a result of blood shortage at the blood bank.
The Nurse Manager appealed to individuals and other mining companies to emulate the shining example of the Asanko WIM.