Health Effects of Mercury on Ghana’s Small Scale Miners
This story originally appeared in the Daily Guide.
BY Jamila Akweley Okertchiri
“This is the box we use; we put the gold inside and add some chemicals. It gets rid of the impurities inside the gold and gives you the pure gold,” says 27-year-old Abu Quarm, a worker at a small gold mine in Prestea.
Mercury is the chemical used by Quarm and other small scale gold miners in extracting the gold small miners sell to prospective buyers who intend trade the precious mineral to gold companies.