Residents of Birim North District, in the Eastern Region, now have access to quality dental care as Vivo Energy Ghana, the Shell licensee, has donated an ultra-modern dental chair to the New Abirem Government Hospital.

The donation, which forms part of the company’s community investment programme, was done in collaboration with Newmont Golden Ridge Limited, Akyem Mine.

The ultra-modern dental chair has the following features: an LED display screen which helps patients to view live pictures of what is going on in their mouth so that they can appreciate discussions with the dental surgeon better; an intraoral camera which captures live pictures for diagnosing and for e-records; an inbuilt x-ray viewer that allows dental surgeons to view manually processed x-rays; an LED fast hand piece which emits light when drilling; and a water cooled straight hand piece that allows the dentist to perform surgical extraction much more easily.

At the handing over ceremony, the Managing Director of Vivo Energy Ghana, Mr. Ebenezer Faulkner, speaking to the local community, said: “As a mining community in which our client Newmont operates, your needs are of deep importance to us. With this chair, the New Abirem Government Hospital can deliver dental services to the people of the Birim North District, with its population of about 90,000. This will ease the burden of patients travelling long distances to Kwahu Government Hospital to access dental care.”

The General Manager of Newmont Golden Ridge Limited, Akyem Mine, Mr. Joep Coenen, said the gesture by Vivo Energy Ghana was a true testament its partnership and sense of community spirit: “Newmont will continue to work with all our business partners in a manner consistent with our purpose of creating value and improving lives through sustainable mining” said Mr Coenen.

The District Health Director, Mr. Azarugo, who was full of praise to Vivo Energy Ghana for the gesture, appealed for the support of other corporate institutions to equip hospitals and clinics within the district to an appreciable standard in health care delivery.

The Acting Kotoku Gyasihene and Chief of New Abirem, Obrempong Kwasi Amoh Kyeretwie said: “I am impressed with the massive infrastructure development in the district as a result of Newmont and its business partners, including Vivo Energy Ghana.”

About Vivo Energy:

With a vision to become Africa’s most respected energy business Vivo Energy Ghana, the company that distributes and markets Shell-branded fuels and lubricants, was established in 2013. The Shell brand has been in Ghana since 1928.

Vivo Energy Ghana has a fuels storage capacity of 11,000m³ and 213 service stations, with many offering Shell Cards and convenience retail stores.

Vivo Energy Ghana employs 147 people. The company is recognised as a leader in the oil industry, championing and setting standards for safety.

Vivo Energy provides high quality solutions for motorists and businesses in Botswana, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Ghana, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Mali, Mauritius, Madagascar, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Senegal, Tunisia and Uganda. Its retail offering includes fuels, lubricants, card services, shops and other non-fuel services (e.g. oil change and car wash).  For businesses it provides fuels, lubricants and Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) to business customers across a range of sectors including marine, mining, and manufacturing.  Jet fuel is sold to customers at 23 airports through a partnership with Vitol Aviation.

The company employs around 2,360 people, operates over 1,780 retail service stations under the Shell brand and has access to approximately 900,000 cubic metres of fuel storage capacity. Shell and Vivo Lubricants has blending capacity of around 124,000 metric tonnes at plants in six countries (Ghana, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Morocco, and Tunisia) producing Shell branded lubricants.

Media contact:

Shirley Tony Kum

Communications Manager

Vivo Energy Ghana

+ 233 540 116 600

[email protected]

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