Employees and contractors of Newmont Golden Ridge Limited at Akyem Mine project in the Birim North District of the Eastern Region have supported Abirim Government Hospital with two infant incubators.
The donation, according to them, makes the hospital the only health facility within the district with infant incubators.
This, the mining company explained, will contribute significantly to improving healthcare delivery and reducing infant mortality associated with premature births.
They added that the initiative was the brain child of the Mine Maintenance Team and contractors in collaboration with the Women and Allies Network, a business resource group within Newmont that creates a platform to empower, inspire and motivate women to utilise opportunities and take up more challenging roles in the mining industry.
According to Newmont, the decision to donate the incubators to the hospital was premised on the grounds of reports of rise in deaths of newborn babies in some hospitals due to inadequate incubators.
In Ghana, they stated that records show that a newborn baby dies every 15 minutes, and 29% of these deaths were due to premature birth complications.
To overturn this trend, according to them, hospitals and healthcare facilities needed to be equipped with infant incubators to help improve the newborn survival rate.
Against this background, they launched a social responsibility initiative in 2017 to raise funds to support neonatal healthcare in the Birim North District of the Eastern Region.
The initiative, they said, raked in an amount of GHS70,000.00 towards the purchase of two new incubators to support infant child healthcare in the district.
They pointed out that the funds also enabled their company to refurbish a room to house the incubators.
At a ceremony to donate the infant incubators, the Senior Manager, Sustainability and External Relations of the Akyem Mine, Mr Felix Apoh, reiterated the company`s commitment to partner with all stakeholders to create value and improve lives through sustainable and responsible mining.
In 2016, Newmont employees and contractors raised GHS108,380 (27,789 USD) to assist 200 orphaned and needy children from the mine’s host communities.
Items presented to the children included learning materials, shoes, sandals, school uniforms, and one-year paid school fees and one-year premium for the Ghana National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS).
Story: Freeman KORYEKPOR AWLESU