Galamsey Causing Chronic Kidney Diseases Among Young People
According to a senior medical official, the concerning development is the outcome of mercury vapor exposure.
Dr. Arko Akoto Ampaw, the medical director of the Eastern Regional Central Hospital, made this announcement on the eve of the Koforidua inauguration of the Hunger Project Interventions for Food Security, Health, and Nutrition.
“The galamsey issue goes beyond the hospital and health. It is very clear to us exactly what impact we are seeing. We are seeing a lot of Chronic kidney disease in younger people in the communities that they are coming from. We are seeing mercury poisoning and heavy metal infection in their systems.”
Dr. Ampaw noticed that the effects of unregulated mining were getting worse because the government merely gave lip service to the fight against unlawful mining.
“Even in the communities we have water-borne diseases beginning to increase and we think that we need to step up the tide. The situation is worse even now. The lip service that we are all paying to the galamsey issues must stop. We must take concrete action if we do not just pretend we are not seeing the galamsey’s adverse effect.”