Background: Mining activities are a high prevalence of certain diseases compared to nonmining areas as a result of the environmental and social changes that create conditions that
favor disease emergence over time. Over the years, most research on gold mining areas in
Ghana have been from an economic perspective, with few looking into gold mining-related
disease prevalence. This study is aimed to identify new diseases that emerge as a result of
mining activities and exposures to hazardous chemicals.
Methods: This study was a quantitative cross-sectional design and a total of 504 participants
from selected mining areas in the Amansie Central, Asante-Akyem district and East Akim
Municipal district in Ghana were sampled. Data was collected through interviewing using semistructured questionnaire. A logistic regression model was fitted to determine the association
between selected exposure variables and some mining diseases.
Results: Mean age of the respondents was 33±9.1years and about 80% were males. The
prevalence of mining related diseases were skin problems (39.2%), numbness in the palm and
feet (34.2% and 33.8% respectively), respiratory problems (18.1%) and tremors (16.9%). About
68.8% of the miners worked with mercury and the majority burned amalgam or melted gold
daily or at least once a week. Also 75.5% did not use hand gloves when working with mercury.
Working with mercury was also associated with 3.72 times higher odds of numbness (AOR:
3.72; 95%CI: 2.21 -6.27) and skin diseases (AOR: 2.49; 95%CI: 1.51 -4.10). Handling mercury
without gloves and handling mercury daily were also associated 1.99times higher odds of
numbness and skin diseases. As compared to those who never burned amalgam, burning
amalgam daily was associated with 2.01 times higher odds of numbness (AOR: 1.99; 95%CI:
1.14 -3.49) and skin diseases (AOR: 2.01; 95%CI: 1.12 -3.59)
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Conclusion: This study found high prevalence of diseases related to mining activities including
skin problems, numbness in the palm and feet, tremors and anxiety. It is urgent to adequately
monitor and assess disease prevalence among small scale miners to adequately prepare the
healthcare system for emerging health conditions.
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