Newmont Ghana has announced a US$ 100,000 support package for Ghana’s efforts at minimizing the spread of Coronavirus/COVID-19 in the country.
According to a press release in Accra dated March 30, 2020 and signed by Mr. Agbeko Azumah, Director, Communication and External Relations of Newmont Ghana, the package would go to support the two testing centres in Accra and Kumasi as well as preventive measures in and around its Ahafo and Akyem mines and the Ahafo North project area.
The release stated that $25,000 each is to support the Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research (NMIMR) and the Kumasi Centre for Collaboration Research (KCCR) in tropical medicine in the procurement of testing kits.
Also $20,000 each will go to the Asutifi North and Birim North Districts in Ahafo and Eastern Regions respectively.
The remaining $10,000 is for Tano North Municipal Assembly also in Ahafo Region. Aside the $100,000, Newmont Ghana has also made substantial donation to the Ghana Chamber of Mines contribution towards the COVID-19 national fund and the company believes its contribution will significantly help win the fight against COVID-19 in the country.
The company has taken proactive measures to protect its workforce and nearby communities amid coronavirus situation including Temporary closure of the regional office in Accra and established remote working plans for employees, temporary closure on non-operational departments of Ahafo and Akyem Mine sites, cancelling all travels by non-critical site visitors, suppliers and vendors.
The company has also evacuated non-critical expatriate staff, Enhanced temperature and questionnaire screening at all entry points to the Ahafo and Akyem mines sites, mandatory self-quarantine for workers who arrive from abroad and minimized in-person meetings.
Newmont Ghana revealed that no COVID-19 case has been confirmed among the workforce at the moment and that measures have been put in place to protect workers and nearby communities. The company also mentioned that it will closely monitor the evolution of the coronavirus pandemic and its impact with a key focus on protecting the well-being of its employees, contractors and host communities.
Newmont Ghana has therefore encouraged all to adhere to the preventive measures outlined by health professional and also support the government to curb COVID-19.
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