Damang gets community clinic
Damang (W/R), Feb 2, GNA - Damang Mine has built a community clinic with a two-unit nurses' quarters for the people of Damang and its neighbouring communities at the cost of GHC286,000.
It was funded by the Goldfield Ghana Foundation programme.
The Vice President of operations, in charge of Goldfields Ghana, Mr Alfred Baku, explained that the Foundation was established by the company with a commitment to contribute towards the socio-economic growth and development of Ghana, with emphasis on stakeholder communities.
He said their intervention in the health sector had not been on infrastructure development alone but also on human resource development.
Mr Baku said nurses in the communities had been trained to provide first aid and health education in their communities.
He said abstinence clubs had been formed to educate young people on sexual reproductive health issues.
Mr Baku said the programme to upgrade the Damang Community Clinic to a health centre by adding a maternity block and additional nurse's quarters would be implemented this year.
The Member of Parliament for Prestea Huni/Valley constituency, Mr Francis Adu-Blay Koffie, commended Damang Mine for taking keen interest in the health needs of the people in the community they operate in.
The Western Regional Director of Health Services, Dr Linda Vanotoo, said the Ministry of Health would not be able to deliver good health care services without the support of the private sector.
The chief of Damang, Nana Amoakwa III, thanked the company and said the facility would save his community the hazard of traveling for several miles to access health services.