Newmont Ghana has allocated an amount of US$ 100,000.00 to support the health sector in the fight to minimize the spread of the Coronavirus in the country.
The gesture was to support
two coronavirus testing centres in Accra and Kumasi, as well as provide
preventive measures in and around its Ahafo and Akyem mines and the Ahafo North
This was contained in a statement issued by Mr Francois Hardy, the Regional Senior Vice President of Newwmont Africa, a copy of which was made available to the Ghana News Agency (GNA).
He said Newmont Ghana treats the health needs and safety of the people in its catchment area seriously, hence the gesture.
“We recognize the need to help fortify the capabilities of our public institutions so that they can undertake mass testing and other public health measures to minimize the risks and impacts associated with the coronavirus ”, he stated.
“In light of the logistical and infrastructure constraints around the country’s public health system, along with the needs of our local health institutions in our host communities, there was the need for Newmont to support the country’s fight against the COVID-19 pandemic,” Mr Hardy added.
He said US$ 25,000.00 of the funds each would be allocated to the Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research and the Kumasi Centre for Collaborative Research in Tropical Medicine to support the procurement of testing kits.
He said the company would also present US$ 20,000.00 out of the allocated amount to the Asutifi North and Birim North District Assemblies while the Tano North Municipal Assembly would also get US$ 10,000.00.
Mr Hardy said the gesture was to enable the various District Assemblies to acquire Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) to be distributed to the citizenry for their safety.
He said Newmont Ghana has also made substantial donation through the Ghana Chamber of Mines to the COVID-19 national fund and was hopeful it would go a long way to significantly help to win the fight against the pandemic.
Mr Hardy said all work arrangements to protect the workforce of the company and host communities in response to the evolving pandemic has been put in place.
He said these include stringent measures such as the temporary closure of regional offices in Accra, establishing remote working plans for employees, cancelling all travels by non-critical site visitors, suppliers and vendors and mandatory self-quarantine for workers who arrived from abroad.
He said the company would continue to closely monitor the evolution of the coronavirus pandemic and its impacts, with a key focus on protecting the well-being of its employees, contractors and host communities.
Source: Ghana News Agency