(Right) Mr. Osei-Bempah Stephen, General Manager of Goldfields Ghana Limited Presenting Items to Hon. Gilbert Kennedy Asmah, MCE (Left) Mr Affelkum, Municipal Health Director and Mr. Isaac Kwaakye, Municipal Cordinating Director

Gold Fields Ghana Limited has donated Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) to the Tarkwa-Nsuaem Municipal Assembly to support in the fight against the deadly novel Coronavirus pandemic in the Municipality.

The PPEs donated include 35,700 pairs of hand gloves, 20,000 pieces of pocket-size alcohol based hand sanitizers, 1,200 large bottles of alcohol based hand sanitizers, 8,000 pieces of surgical masks, 7,000 pieces of N95 masks and 1,500 pieces of protective gowns.

The other items of the package were 800 pieces of sample collection kits, 180 pairs of surgical Wellington boots, 80 pieces of safety goggles, 60 pieces of Macintosh aprons, 70 hand held non-contact infra-red thermometers and 50 Veronica buckets.

Mr. Stephen Osei-Bempah, the General Manager of Gold Fields Ghana Limited presented the items on behalf of the company to Hon. Gilbert Kennedy Asmah, the Tarkwa-Nsuaem Municipal Chief Executive and Chairman of the Municipal Committee on COVID-19.

The General Manager said, the company as a good and responsible corporate organization attaches much premium to the health and safety of its employees and the people of its host communities. On this basis, the company, therefore, responded to a call by the Tarkwa-Nsuaem Municipal COVID-19 Committee to contribute towards the fight against the spread of the Coronavirus pandemic in the Municipality.

Also, he added that the company is embarking on an extensive public awareness campaign on the necessary hygiene and social distancing protocols needed to combat the COVID-19 within its host communities. Likewise, the company has provided food vendors with alcohol based hand sanitizers and face masks.

Mr. Stephen Osei-Bempah added that, Gold Fields Ghana Limited recognises the need to work closely with the Tarkwa-Nsuaem Municipal Committee on the COVID-19 to prevent the spread of the virus within their communities.

Mr. Alfred Baku, the Executive Vice President, confirmed to the media last week that the Company has donated over US$433,000 through the Chamber of Mines to support the Government’s efforts at reducing the spread of the virus and to assist the most vulnerable sections of Ghana’s population. In addition, the company has committed over US$400,000 to support efforts aimed at preventing infections and spread of the Coronavirus in Tarkwa and Damang mines catchment communities.

The Tarkwa mine is spending its portion of the amount to purchase Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) to support the efforts aimed at preventing infections and spread of the virus in the Tarkwa-Nsuaem Municipality.

He further disclosed that, in view of the urgent need for ambulance by the Municipal Committee on COVID-19, the Tarkwa mine has decided to fast track the procurement of the two ambulances for the Municipal and Apinto Government hospitals which were promised by the Executive Vice President during the sod cutting to commence the construction of Tarkwa and Aboso (T&A) Sports Stadium.

Hon. Gilbert Kennedy Asmah, the Municipal Chief Executive and Chairman of the Municipal COVID-19 Committee received the items on behalf of the Municipality.

The Hon. MCE said, he saw the need to setting up the COVID-19 Committee immediately the first two confirmed cases of the disease were reported in Ghana.

The Committee then submitted a proposal to the Mining Companies as the Assembly’s key private partners to support in the fight to prevent or manage the disease in the Municipality.

Gold Fields Ghana Limited agreed to procure an ambulance and PPEs, while AngloGold Ashanti Iduapriem Mine also promised to construct an Isolation Centre to manage possible reported cases of COVID-19 pandemic in the Municipality.

He expressed appreciation to Gold Fields Ghana Limited for delivering some of the PPEs as their first consignment of the promise made to the Committee.

Hon. Gilbert K. Asmah was undoubtedly hopeful, that the company would as usual fulfill the commitment made to support curtail the Coronavirus in the Municipality.

He gave the assurance that the items would be put to good use to help prevent infections and spread of the virus.

The Municipal Chief Executive, however, handed over the items to the Municipal Directorate of the Ghana Health Service through the Municipal Director, Mr. Emmanuel Affelkum, for onwards distribution to the various health centres and Frontline workers in the Municipality.

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