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Newmont Africa Continues to Support Healthcare Delivery in Birim North District

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Newmont Africa has once again demonstrated its commitment to supporting healthcare delivery in Ghana, specifically in the Birim North District of the Eastern Region. Officials from the mining company recently donated medical supplies and logistics to the Community-Based Health Planning and Services (CHPS) compound at Old Abirem.

The donations were made possible through the prize money awarded to George Agblevor, a Global Technical Training Specialist at Newmont Africa’s Akyem mine. Agblevor emerged as a finalist in the 2022 CEO Safety Leader Award, which was instituted by Newmont Corporation’s CEO, Tom Palmer, to encourage safety excellence and the replication of best practices in the company’s operations worldwide.

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The medical supplies and logistics donated to the Old Abirem CHPS compound included thermometers, weighing scales, beds, chairs, a television set, a double door refrigerator, and waste bins, among others. According to Ms Stella Konadu Owusu, the District Health Director of the Birim North District, Newmont Africa has been a reliable partner in providing quality healthcare for the people in the district and adjoining towns.

Newmont Africa has a history of investing in healthcare delivery in its operational areas. As part of its global strategy, the company has partnered with a U.S. based non-governmental organisation, Project CURE, to provide medical supplies periodically and free health screening every year to its host communities. The Birim North District has been a beneficiary of this intervention.

Speaking at the donation ceremony, Derek Boateng, Senior Manager for Sustainability and External Relations at the Akyem Mine, emphasised the company’s commitment to safety and wellbeing. “As a responsible mining business, we have exceptional safety leadership in all parts of our operations, and we continue to work with our stakeholders to achieve our vision of being fatality, injury, and illness-free,” he said.

Nana Otibo Boadze, Abirem Gyaasehene, who represented the Abiremhene, expressed appreciation to Newmont Africa for the timely intervention. She confirmed that the company had invested in healthcare directly and through the Newmont Akyem Development Foundation (NAkDeF), which has transformed the Abirem Government Hospital and enabled it to serve many communities in and around the district.

For the most part, Newmont Africa’s commitment to healthcare delivery in its host communities has been commendable. The recent donation to the Old Abirem CHPS compound is just one example of the company’s efforts to provide quality healthcare to the people of Ghana.

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