The Ghana Health Service is calling for more sustainable measures to end the illegal mining menace due to its potential threat to attaining the Sustainable Development Goals of the Country.
According to the Lower Manya Municipal Public Health Nurse of the GHS, Mrs.Irene Anuwa-Armah, if Ghana is not able to end the menace, it will affect the efforts to attain the 17 SDGs.
She said the brunt of scourging consequences of illegal mining most affect the health sector of the country.
She cited traces of chemicals unleashed into the soil and water bodies by the illegal miners enter into human through food and water which leads to several health implications hence the need for Nurses to join government and other organizations to find a sustainable solution to the menace for Ghana to attain the SDGs.
Mrs.Anuwa -Armah said this Monday when speaking at the launching of the 2017 Nurses Week celebration by the Atua Zone of Ghana Registered Nurses and Midwives Association under the theme ‘The health implications of ” galamsey” and the attainment of the sustainable development goals, SDG’s , nurses and midwives acting in one voice’.
The Chairman of Ghana Registered Nurses and Midwives Association, GRNMA, -Atua Zone Mr. Sebastian Soglo said, illegal mining is eroding gains made in the health sector due to its negative health implications therefore imperative for Nurses and Midwives to join government win the fight against the galamsey menace .
The program was chaired by Mr. Samuel Ghartey, Administrator of Atua Government Hospital. Other dignitaries at the ceremony were Marylove Nai-Willians- Deputy Director of Nursing Services at Atua Government Hospital, Daniel Denkyi – Regional PRO GRNMA