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The Vodafone Ghana Foundation, through its Vodafone Healthfest outreach programme, has provided free medical care to over 500 residents in and around the Appiatse community.
This follows the devastating explosion along the Tarkwa Bogoso-Ayamfuri road when a truck carrying explosives to a gold mine crashed with a motorbike on January 20, 2022.
Beneficiaries received free medical consultation, advice and medication for specific medical conditions.
Commenting on the initiative, the Director of the Vodafone Foundation, Reverend Amaris Nana Perbi, highlighted Vodafone’s commitment to providing quality healthcare to Ghanaians through its charitable arm.
“Vodafone Ghana is committed to providing free and equitable healthcare to individuals through its many initiatives, of which Vodafone Healthfest is one.
“We are confident that our presence in the Appiatse community with doctors from the Ghana Health Service will have a positive impact on the community and improve the health of the residents after the unfortunate incident they experienced this year.”
For his part, the Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) of Prestea Huni Valley Municipal, Dr. Isaac Dasmani, expressed his gratitude to the Foundation and encouraged Vodafone to continue reaching out to the Appeatse community with its timely interventions.
“Let me take this opportunity to express my sincere gratitude to Vodafone Ghana for bringing this program to us through their Foundation. In fact, it is a very important program and from what I have seen, I was very impressed.
“Many people were affected by the explosion; some had minor injuries and others had broken legs. Fortunately, we did not lose any lives due to the interventions we put in place. At the moment, we are managing minor illnesses that have arisen as a result of the residents’ stay at the camp.
“This program from Vodafone is indeed timely as it will help us to control diseases, including communicable diseases that may occur because many people are gathered together in such small spaces. We are therefore very happy that Vodafone has stepped in, and we hope that they will continue to come until we move the residents to a new location.
Earlier, the Municipal Health Services Manager, Prestea Huni Valley Ghana Health Service, Joseph Kwame Sampson said that through medical screening provided by Vodafone Ghana, many illnesses resulting from the residents’ stay in the camp have been identified.
While commending Vodafone for this initiative, he urged other organizations to emulate Vodafone Ghana’s kind gesture in extending their support to the people of Appiatse.