A team from Ramu NiCo (MCC) Basamuk Refinery comprising Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) and Community Affairs Department officers travelled by road to Tugyak where they met with more than 400 villagers to conduct health and safety awareness.
That was followed by free malaria rapid testing on a number of people and donation of two bales of treated mosquito nets to the community.
A nursing officer in charge of Ganglau health post, Martin Uma also travelled with the team to Tugyak to assist in the awareness.
Local villagers who gathered, listened attentively to the important messages on safety, health and hygiene, HIV/AIDS, tubercolosis and family planning being explained by the experts in the team.
Team leader of the delegation and BSK CA supervisor, Nicholas Genaia, explained to the community the purpose of the visit as relating to the observance of the National Mining Safety Week at the refinery and how the company saw it as fitting to involve the impacted community near the process plant.
BSK ERT Superintendent, Venancius Sapak also took time to explain to the people on how to avoid dangers when making fire which could lead to bush fires and destruction to plants and vegetation.
Several community leaders asked questions on health and environmental issues, which the Company officers responded favorably.
BSK Medical Superintendent, Dr. Meng Ming and nursing officer Shem Silas later conducted rapid malaria testing on a good number of the villagers then proceeded to giving medication.
The community leaders at Tugyak thanked the Ramu NiCo team for the visit, stating that many of the disadvantaged villages could not travel all the way to Madang to afford a treated mosquito net, and for the Company to provide the item free to them is definitely a kind and heartily donation.
The villagers as a gesture of appreciation to the Ramu NiCo team presented gifts in form of fruits and veggies and bunches of betel nut to the Ramu NiCo team to take home.
“We are presenting you bunches of betel nut and kulau (coconut juice) as a tradition to show that we greatly appreciate your visit and look forward to more cordial relationship in the future,” a local leader Leffy Ovosa said.
The Ramu NiCo team in return distributed sweets and other items to children who were excited and surrounded the officers to get hold of items to take home.
Genaia was very happy that the awareness was a success, and thanked the Tugyak villagers for their cordial reception and hospitality.
He concluded that the Company’s slogan of “One Ramu NiCo, One Community” was visibly realized on that day.