Clinic business

Aya Gold & Silver completes its first mobile health clinic to benefit local communities

MONTREAL, June 9, 2022 /CNW Telbec/ – Aia Gold & Argent Inc. (TSX: AYA) (OTCQX: AYASF) (“Aya” or the “Company”) is pleased to announce the completion of its first mobile health clinic near its Zgounder silver mine in the Kingdom of Morocco. The initiative is part of the ESG 2022 program launched by the Company to support local communities.

Strong points

Objective

  • Establish a database of diabetic and hypertensive (“BPH”) patients to enable regular follow-up of positive cases by local health services

Impact

  • Improving screening, treatment and outcomes for patients with diabetes and BPH by helping set up a case database and funding a mobile clinic focused on diabetes and BPH
    • A total of 1,625 patients screened over 12 days
    • 113 douars (small rural villages) covered by two ambulances
      • Over 60% of beneficiaries are women
      • Nearly 50% of those screened were aged 60 and over
      • More than 70% of people screened had an ARP
      • Nearly 70% of positive diabetic patients were women
  • Three additional mobile clinics are planned for this year

“We are delighted with the success of our first mobile health clinic, which is an important step in our journey to becoming a trusted health partner within our local communities. This ESG initiative, which complements our recent renovation of the mobile health clinic, Health in Askaoun for the benefit of 13,000 villagers, provided door-to-door registration and screening of patients living in remote areas within the various local communities.We integrate our own doctors and nurses and are strongly committed , through continued funding, to improve social outcomes for all local communities,” said Benoit La SallePresident and CEO.

A video of the Society’s first mobile health clinic can be viewed here.

Background

Globally, the prevalence of non-communicable diseases (“NCDs”) has reached alarming levels. About two-thirds of annual deaths are due to NCDs, in particular cardiovascular diseases related to diabetes and hypertension. These chronic diseases represent major public health challenges for both developed and developing countries.

In Morocco, patients mainly visit mobile health clinics with problems related to hypertension and diabetes. The RAP increases with age: 54% (Moroccans aged 40 to 50), 72.2% (Moroccans aged 65 and over), compared to 10% of the general population.

About Aia Gold & Argent Inc.

Aia Gold & Silver Inc. is a rapidly growing, Canada-based silver producer with operations in the Kingdom of Morocco.

The only pure silver mining company listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange, Aya operates the high-grade Zgounder silver mine and explores its properties along the future South Atlas Rift, several of which have hosted historic mines and resources. . Aya’s Moroccan mining assets are complemented by its Tijirit gold project in Mauritaniawhich is being advanced to feasibility.

Aya’s management team is focused on maximizing shareholder value by embedding sustainability at the heart of its production, resource, governance and financial growth plans.

For more information, please visit Aya’s website at www.ayagoldsilver.com.

Forward-looking statements

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Risks and uncertainties that could affect forward-looking statements include, among others: risks inherent in the exploration and development of mineral properties, including government approvals and permits, changes in economic conditions, changes in the world price silver and other key inputs, changes in mine plans (including but not limited to throughput and recoveries being affected by metallurgical characteristics) and other factors, such as delays in the execution of the project, many of which are beyond Aya’s control, and other risks and uncertainties which are further described in Aya’s 2021 Annual Information Form dated March 31, 2022, and in other documents filed by Aya with securities and regulatory authorities which are available on SEDAR at www.sedar.com. Aya undertakes no obligation to update any forward-looking statements if assumptions relating to such plans, estimates, projections, beliefs and opinions change. Nothing herein should be construed as an offer to sell or a solicitation to buy or sell Aya securities. All references to Aya include its affiliates, unless the context requires otherwise.

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For further information: Benoit La Salle, FCPA FCA, President and Chief Executive Officer, [email protected]; Alex Ball, Vice President, Corporate Development and IR, [email protected]