Anglogold Ashanti-Obuasi Community Trust Fund (AGA-OCTF) built a 16-capacity Maternity Block for Obuasi Government Hospital at a cost of GHS1.1 million funded from a US$200,000 operational support provided by AGA Obuasi Mine. The project is part of AGA Obuasi Mine’s commitment to improving access to quality healthcare delivery in communities within the mine’s catchment. The facility has an operating theatre, delivery room, examination room, recovery room, anesthetic room, sluice room, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit , two eight-bed postnatal wards, office for doctors and nurses, washrooms and a patients’ monitoring and reception area.
In remarks made at the commissioning event, Senior Manager Sustainability of AGA Ghana Mr. Emmanuel Baidoo said the new Maternity block would help ensure safe delivery, improve upon clinician monitoring of newborns, reduce cross-infections associated with congestion in the older facility, and reduce maternal and neonatal deaths. Mr. Baidoo added that the facility would improve maternal healthcare in Obuasi and its surrounding communities within the Mine’s operational areas.
“We will do all we can to help speed up developmental projects in Obuasi, and also help strengthen women delivery services.”Mr. Emmanuel Baidoo | Senior Manager Sustainability, Anglogold Ashanti Ghana
The AGA-OCTF) exists to make investments in ways that contribute meaningfully to community development and were aligned with the priorities of communities and the local government, Mr. Baidoo explained. The Maternity Block Project was initiated following careful deliberations between AGA Obuasi Mine and key stakeholders regarding major challenges of maternal healthcare in AGA Obuasi Mine’s operational area. The stakeholders included the Obuasi Municipal Health Directorate, Obuasi Government Hospital, Obuasi Municipal Assembly and others.
Obuasi Municipal Health Director Dr. Yaa Manu applauded AGA for completing the project and acknowledged the strong organizational relationships the Obuasi Mine had established with communities in its operational areas. Dr. Manu noted that AGA-Obuasi Mine had been very instrumental in developing the community with the health sector having been the starting point. She challenged the management of the Obuasi Government Hospital to ensure proper management of the facility to ensure that it lasted longer and served the people better.
Mrs. Rita Larsen-Reindorf, a Representative from the Ashanti Regional Health Directorate, lauded the AGA- Obuasi Community Trust Fund for prioritising the healthcare needs of women. Mrs. Larsen-Reindorf observed that national statistics indicated that more needs to be done in the area of maternal mortality, which made the intervention from Anglogold Ashanti Ghana through the Community Trust Fund even more crucial.
The Adansihene OpegyaKotwere Nana Bonsrah Afriyie II praised AGA-OCTF for the massive investment. Nana Bonsrah Afriyie II said the project vindicated the objective for the setting up of the fund. As a Board member of the Fund, Nana Bonsrah Afriyie II pledged the commitment of the Fund to bring development to the Mine’s catchment area. He appealed to health workers of the hospital to discharge their duties diligently and with professionalism and challenged them to protect and maintain the facility to enable it stand the test of time.