Gold Fields Tarkwa Mine provided a major boost to the efforts of the Tarkwa-Nsuaem Municipal Health Directorate to fight the COVID-19 pandemic. The package of equipment and critical supplies included:
- 70 handheld infra-red thermometers
- 50 Veronica Buckets
- 35,000 hand gloves
- 80,000 surgical masks
- 20,000 pocket-size hand sanitizers
- 1,200 large bottles of hand sanitizers
- 180 surgical gummy boots
- 80 safety goggles and
- 60 aprons
General Manager of Golds Fields Tarkwa Mine Mr. Stephen Osei-Bempah, who presented the first batch of the supplies to the Tarkwa Municipal Assembly, said the donated equipment and supplies were part of a US$400,000 funds set aside by Gold Fields Ghana to support interventions to stem the spread of COVID-19 in the communities hosting the Tarkwa and Damang mines. Mr. Osei-Bempah explained that, as a good corporate citizen, Gold Fields Tarkwa Mine owned had the duty to support the Tarkwa-Nsuaem Municipal Committee on COVID-19 to collectively fight against the spread of the virus in our municipality.
Mr. Osei-Bempah stated that Gold Fields Ghana prioritizes the health and safety of its employees and members of the community within which it operates. Therefore, prior to Ghana recording its first COVID-19 cases on 12th March, Mr. Osei-Bempah recalled, Gold Fields had already developed a comprehensive COVID-19 response plan to help prevent infections and spread of the virus at its mine and within its host communities”.
Tarkwa-Nsuaem Municipal Health Director Mr. Emmanuel Afrekum thanked Gold Fields Tarkwa Mine for the timely support. Mr. Afrekum remarked that the strong support from Gold Fields was testament to the genuine partnership between the company and the community in the fight against the pandemic as well as the general development of the area.
Chief Executive of Tarkwa-Nsuaem Municipal Assembly Mr. Gilbert Asmah thanked Gold Fields for keeping its promise of supporting the municipality. Municipal Chief Executive Asmah assured Gold Fields Ghana that the assembly would deploy the equipment and supplies prudently and efficiently to the utmost benefit of the people in the municipality.
Gold Fields has already donated $433,000 to the Ghana Chamber of Mines to support the government’s effort against the spread of the virus. The Gold Fields Tarkwa Mine also already ordered two ambulances for New Government Hospital and Apinto Hospital in Tarkwa to boost the preparedness of the Municipality.