Public Health and Safety
We provide periodic health checkups and other relevant medical testing for BMSC employees. One specific regional risk to worker and resident health is malaria. Increased regional precipitation in 2016 meant that malarial infection amongst our employees and contractors increased from 21 in 2015 to 35 in 2016. The malaria threat at the Bisha Mine is an order of magnitude lower than West and Central Africa, generally due to population, climate, and lack of standing water. Dependent on the type of malaria (i.e. P.falciparum, P.vivax) these numbers could also include cases of recurrent malaria. All malaria cases were tested and treated at the onsite Bisha Mine Medical Centre. We undertake regular spraying within the Bisha camp area and provide all resident employees with mosquito netting in their residences and repellent gel. We have reviewed our vector control program with the aim of reducing any unnecessary spraying because of its impact to the natural environment. We will continue to undertake targeted spraying in conjunction with the application of larvicides.