The Ghana chapter of IMGA was established 2008.
Emmanuel Arhin; firstname.lastname@example.org; Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Faculty of Applied Sciences, University for Development Studies, Navrongo Campus, P.O. Box 24, Navrongo, UER, Ghana
Dr Arhin was reinstated as Local Chapter Leader after a study period in the UK.
Reactivating the Chapter: Membership Drive:
The Chapter intends to focus on getting new members. This will include students and full members.
Current Member Status:
1. Membership at University for Development Studies currently is 7 full members and 5 student members.
2. Currently have two members in the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science. The plan is to reach out for membership drive using current research done by myself and medical geology research.
3. I have talks with some people at the Ghana Geological Survey Department, Geochemistry unit of which showed interest to become members but we need to do public outreach. To make the chapter more nationalistic an outreach program is necessary. To publicize some of our works and to make IMGA constitution open to all we will have to showcase some activities carried out by the Chapter and its benefits to man. The Ghana Chapter is happy to let you know some work undertaken by some individual Medical Geology members, which they expect the Chapter to do some follow up research on.
Current Ongoing Medical Geology Research:
Toxic and essential element concentration from stream sediment and soil geochemistry at an artisanal mining site at Datoko-Shega area, Upper East, Ghana and human health implications.
The Chapter is active although going through some transition period. The Chapter has fourteen (14) members who have paid their dues up till end 2013. A number of prospective members have been identified while some have pledged their support for the Association. Four members are currently outside Ghana pursuing doctorate degrees and another four are studying for doctorate degrees within the country. One member is on sabbatical leave in South Africa, while one has retired from active service.
The Chapter Secretary is conducting research on the effectiveness of using pulverised teak leaf litter to remove fluoride ions from aqueous solution. This is an aspect of his doctorate research involving the use of pulverised teak leaf litter to treat polluted water. Excess fluoride, arsenic and manganese ions are found in underground water sources in different parts of Ghana. The Chapter therefore plans to conduct research on the use of low-cost locally available materials to adsorb fluoride, arsenic and manganese ions from underground water sources. This research has not commenced due to lack of adequate resources.
Dr. Arhin is currently studying as a Post Doc in the UK. Therefore, although he is still the Leader of this Chap-ter he is currently not the active head. This responsibility has passed to the Dr. Richard Glover and the Chapter Secretary Mr. Emmanuel Oyelude. The chapter has 15 members, mainly environmental scientists (Earth Scien-tists/Geologists, Chemists/Biochemists, Biologists/Microbiologists). The Chapter conducted a pilot study on the quality of underground water of some communities in the catchment area of the university campus. Levels of arsenic greater than the maximum permissible limit for drinking water were observed, especially during the dry season.