The Ghana Chamber of Mines has manufactured a donation of GH¢11.5 million (the equivalent of $2 million) to the Ministry of Health and fitness and allied establishments as aspect of the mining industry’s voluntary contribution to the fight versus the coronavirus pandemic.
The Chamber, led by its President, Eric Asubonteng, created the donation at a quick ceremony on Thursday, 9th April 2020.
Making member providers of the Chamber that contributed to the donation are Adamus Resources Ltd, AngloGold Ashanti Iduapriem Mine, AngloGold Ashanti Obuasi Mine, Asanko Gold Ghana Ltd, Chirano Gold Mines, Golden Star Methods, Gold Fields Ghana, Newmont Ghana and Perseus Mining Gh. Ltd.
The donation, in accordance to the Chamber, will go into the procurement of important health care machines and is made up of:
- GH¢3.3 million for 20 Ventilators and add-ons to the Ministry of Health and fitness for distribution to hospitals across the country
- GH¢ 5 million to the critical testing centres throughout the place to assist the testing of 25,000 Covid-19 scenarios. This is damaged down into the next:
- GH¢ 2 million to the Noguchi Healthcare Exploration Institute to aid the testing of 10,000 Covid-19 situations
- GH¢2 million to the Kumasi Centre for Collaborative Research in Tropical Medicine (KCCR) to support screening of 10,000 Covid-19 scenarios and
- GH¢ 1 million to the Countrywide General public Wellness Reference Laboratory of the Korlebu Training Healthcare facility to aid tests of 5,000 Covid-19 situations.
The remaining quantity of GH¢3.2 million has been applied to procure 7,000 finish sets of PPEs to frontline well being staff and to guidance other Covid-19 logistical prerequisites made up of:
- Confront Shield- 7,000 parts
- Face Mask (Surgical)- 7,000
An Affiliate member of the Chamber, Rikair Business Ltd, also donated three oxygen concentrators to the Ministry of Wellbeing.
Speaking at the ceremony, Mr Asubonteng stated just as the Planet Health Organisation (WHO) has suggested, the vital action of amplified screening need to be carried out rapidly and properly to facilitate isolation and containment of the infection.
“It is our fervent expectation that this donation will ease the strain on the governing administration and absolutely free up substantially-necessary methods for other necessary factors of the national system for Covid-19,” he mentioned.
He added: “You might have listened to about the steps person member corporations of the Chamber have put in spot to secure our staff members, contractors and host community from the an infection. These consist of intensive inner Covid-19 protocols on our functions, as nicely as donations at the regional stage to well being amenities, regional government establishments and group teams.
“As a excellent Ghanaian corporate citizen, even as we search for the marketing of our respective small business pursuits, we at the Ghana Chamber of Mines recognise the need to have to also determine ourselves with progressive countrywide endeavours to secure the people and institutions in our host communities and the country at significant.”
Mr Asubonteng also stressed the have to have for Ghanaians to heed the advice of the Ghana Health Services and the health care employees as “…we set our shoulders to the wheel to safeguard our expensive region from the outcomes of this pandemic.”
He further more urged men and women and organizations to collaborate with govt to make certain that the country returned to normalcy as soon as possible in order to protect the benefit chain of equally the formal and casual sectors of Ghana’s economic system.
“The mining business thrives on willpower as properly as upholding the well being and basic safety of our workforce and host communities therefore we pledge our unflinching guidance to the governing administration and its professionals as we perform collaboratively to stop the onslaught of COVID-19,” he stated.