AngloGold Ashanti launches malaria control programme

By Erica
Apeatua Addo, GNA

Adieyie (W/R), July 20, GNA – AngloGold
Ashanti Iduapriem (AAI) mine has launched its malaria control programme in its
catchment areato help reduce the spread of malaria cases in the Tarkwa Nsueam

The project, expected to cover sixteen host
communities, would affect an estimated population of about 5,850 in 1,350
households in the municipality.

An estimated amount of GH¢238,410 would be
spent on the programme which would also create employment for the beneficiary

Mrs Gifty Eugenia Kusi, the Deputy Western
Regional Minister, who launched the programme at Adieyie in the Western Region,
commended AAI for being a good corporate company and leading others in the
effort to eradicate malaria from their communities.

She said the Western Regional Co-ordinating
Council does support the programme as it also complements the efforts of the
Western Regional Malaria control programme.

Mrs Kusi said government is committed to
implementing policies that would improve upon the health sector including
building the capacity of health personnel to offer their best.

She said the government has decided to build a
western regional hospital and twenty five district hospitals across the

Mr Jasper Musadaidzwa, Managing Director of
AAI, said new cases of malaria among employees and contractors increased from
172 cases in 2015 to 263 cases in 2016.

He said new cases for the second quarter of
2017 stands at 218 adding that if appropriate measures are not taken, the
current rate could double.

“Out Patient Department reports from the
mine hospital indicates that malaria contributed to a significant increase in
loss of time in 2015 and 2016 and the 
second quarter of this year”, he said.

Mr Musadaidzwa said AAI is working at ultimately
achieving the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) three which is: “ensuring
healthy lives and promoting wellbeing for all at all ages by 2030”.

He said the mine was aligning its health
targets to the SDG three target of ending the epidemic of malaria and other
communicable diseases adding that this was in line with the Iduapriem malaria
control programme.

Mr Musadaidzwa said the company was committed
to reversing the trend by ensuring that their employees and communities are
healthy so as to enhance productivity in their various occupations.

He said the eradication of malaria cannot be
left to the government alone and that the mine would play its part to
complement the efforts of government.

Mr Musadaidzwa said the project would be
mainstreamed into the municipal directorate malaria control programme to ensure


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