AngloGold Ashanti Iduapriem (AAI) Gold Mines has undertaken a five-hour clean-up exercise in Teberebie, one of its host communities to clear the entire community of filth.
The residents of Teberebie turned up in their numbers to support the staff of the mining firm to weed along the roads and swept the entire community.
In an interview with the Ghana News Agency (GNA) after the exercise, Mr. Emmanuel Baidoo, Senior Sustainability Manager, said the exercise formed part of the company’s activities to commemorate the world Malaria Day, which falls on 25 April every year.
He said Teberebie was selected for this exercise because of its strategic location and was hopeful that it would be a model community when it comes to environmental cleanliness.
Mr. Baidoo said they would work closely with the Municipal Health Directorate and the Assembly to develop and implement programmes that would improve upon the well-being of the people.
He commended the chief of Teberebie for his personal involvement in ensuring that his people participated actively in the exercise.
Mr. Emmanuel Affelkum, Municipal Health Director for Tarkwa-Nsuaem added that regular clean-up exercises would help the community members ensure that their surroundings were always tidy.
He expressed appreciation to the company for their support towards promoting good sanitation in their operational areas.
Nana Dr. Adarkwa Bediako III, Apinto Gyasehene and the Malaria Ambassador, indicated that the ultimate goal was to have a malaria free environment.
He also visited individual homes in Teberebie to find out if they were utilizing the treated bed nets that AAI Gold Mines distributed to them.
The Apinto Gyasehene promised to reward those who were using the bed nets and encouraged others to do same.Nana Kojo Minah II, chief of Teberebie thanked AAI Gold Mines and entreated his community to make the cleaning of their immediate surroundings their personal responsibility.AAI Gold Mines presented 75 waste bins to health facilities, schools and communities in its catchment area.