The health and well-being of our employees and contractors and their families is of the utmost importance to us during these difficult times.
Significant efforts by all Perseus’s site and corporate management teams has also gone into maintaining business continuity in the face of the global COVID-19 challenge.
Government imposed international travel bans remain firmly in place in Ghana and Côte d’Ivoire. The governments’ intra-country travel restrictions on the movements of most people also remain firmly in place. Freight is still moving in the countries in which we operate.
As at 15 April 2020, there continues to be no cases of COVID-19 virus infection reported by any of Perseus’s employees or contractors operating at Edikan, Sissingué or Yaouré. This also extends to the residents of host communities located adjacent to those operations, as far as we know.
As reported; on 6 April 2020, Perseus approved the donation of US$387,500, including both cash and goods, to assist our host governments and host communities in Ghana and Côte d’Ivoire in their efforts to fight the spread of COVID-19 virus in West Africa. The provision of the financial and practical assistance by Perseus to our host governments and communities is consistent with Perseus’s sustainable mining strategy.
- Established a business continuity committee tasked with the overall management of the safety of our employees and the continued operation of our business.
- The corporate offices in all jurisdictions have been closed and employees are working from home.
- All non-essential travel has been cancelled until further notice.
- Education, social distancing, temperature screening, sanitation and hygiene measures in place at all operations.
- Mandatory 14 day quarantine period for all arrivals into West Africa and intra country movements.
- Regular communications with all employees and the market on this evolving situation.
- Both the Edikan and the Sissingué mine sites, have moved into “zone” or “island” mode. The new work and accommodation arrangements at each site are very important not only to contain the spread of COVID -19 but also to ensure the mines can continue to operate and provide a livelihood to our employees and communities.
- At Yaouré, where the number of employees is much larger than at either of the operations, we are unable to lock down the site completely, however, strict protocols are in place aimed at limiting the prospects of infection of our team by the corona virus.
- Quarantine facilities have been set up in Yamoussoukro and Abidjan which are overseen by a medical provider, Medicis. Two ICU beds have been secured in Abidjan (including ventilator and trained medical support) to accommodate employees if they contract the virus and their condition requires intensive care. We are working to establish a similar facility in Accra, Ghana.
- Perseus’s management team are working with the regional governments in Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana, as well as international agencies to plan for the rotational movement of essential people and in extreme circumstances, medical evacuation.
Perseus COVID-19 community health initiatives: