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Gold Fields Ghana Limited (Tarkwa mine) held its annual community health outreach in August, taking healthcare closer to host communities.
The health outreach was held at Samahu, Abekoase and Pepesa, and attracted residents from surrounding communities in the Prestea-Huni Valley municipality.
Twenty-seven (27) health officials from the Tarkwa Municipal Hospital, Apinto Government Hospital and Euracare provided medical services to over 700 community members, who were screened and given medicines.
Insecticide treated bed nets were distributed to pregnant women and children to prevent malaria. Some people also received voluntary HIV/AIDS counseling and testing.
"The community members were also educated on how to protect themselves from the Marburg virus, HIV/AIDS and other diseases," said Maud Ofosua Ofori, Unit Manager – Community Affairs for Tarkwa mine.
"We organise the health outreach every year and it is one of our interventions to promote good health and the wellbeing of people living in our host communities," she noted.
The Gold Fields Ghana Foundation invested close to GH₵126,000 in the programme, which was organised by the Tarkwa mine's Community Affairs Department.