Gold Fields Supports COVID-19 Fight With PPE

Razak Abdul Yakubu (right) presenting the items to Isaac Dasmani

Abosso Gold Fields Limited in the Western has presented personal protective equipment (PPE) and other items worth US$108,000 to the Prestea Huni-Valley Municipal Assembly at Bogoso to support the fight against Covid-19 in the  host communities of the company.

It was the second batch of items the company, a subsidiary of Gold Fields Ghana, donated to the assembly within two weeks for use by health professionals. The first batch was presented about two weeks ago.

The items presented included 21,450 pairs of hand gloves, 5,408 surgical masks, 5,832 N95 masks, 90 goggles, and 41 infra-red thermometers.

Razak Abdul Yakubu, Regional Manager, Sustainable Development Projects of the company, explained that the presentation was to support government’s efforts to help reduce the spread of the disease and assist vulnerable people in the country.

He pointed out that the mine had for years been in a cordial relationship with the municipal assembly and had also been proactive in its support to the host communities.

He added that the mine had already distributed handwashing facilities to health centres and the communities and also fumigated market centres, principal streets and lorry stations in the communities.

The initiative, he said, was to help keep the company’s operating areas safe, and to strengthen established protocols to manage any suspected and confirmed cases.

The Municipal Chief Executive, Isaac Dasmani, thanked the company for the donation and other initiatives geared towards preventing the spread of the deadly disease.

He revealed that about two weeks ago, when the company was presenting the first batch of items, the municipality had not recorded any confirmed case of Covid-19, adding “but currently the area had recorded 31 confirmed cases and about 115 samples pending results.”

He vowed to work with the health workers to ensure that all the safety protocols were adhered to by all the residents to help prevent the spread of the disease in the area.

The Municipal Health Director, Emmanuel Tamakloe, expressed his gratitude to the company for the gesture.

From Emmanuel Opoku, Bogoso