General News of Saturday, 16 December 2017
Over two years since the June 3 disaster at the Kwame Nkrumah Circle which claimed over 150 lives in 2015, some of the victims are still on admission at the 37 Military Hospital in Accra receiving treatments.
Apart from these, victims of the Madina Atomic Junction in Accra gas explosion are also on admission three months after the incident.
The Commander of the 37 Military Hospital, Brigadier General M. A. Yeboah-Agyapong, who made the revelation, said the victims are still at the hospital due to lack of funds to purchase essential medicines as well as to undergo surgeries.
He was speaking in an interview with TV3 after the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Chamber of Bulk Oil Distributors (CBOD), Senyo Hosi, donated GHS50, 000.00 to the Plastic Surgery and Burns Unit of the Hospital.
The donation was to help alleviate the plight of victims of the Atomic Junction accident. Seven lives were lost in the incident that injured over 100 others. Brigadier General Yeboah-Agyapong said the hospital needs the support of both the private sector and government to enable them give the victims the needed treatment.
“As I said from June 3 is about three years now and some of the patience are still with us and that is where the government comes in”, the Commander explained.
He said “burns, you end up with contractures and they will have series of surgeries to right them and some time you do one and they need to do another”. The Head of Plastic Surgery and Burns Unit, Kwasi Nsaful, said six of the victims of the Atomic Junction gas explosion victims are still on admission and they need six hundred Ghana cedis daily to dress their wounds.
“We have six patience of the Atomic gas explosion and one was taken to theatre on Wednesday, two more are preparing for surgeries.
You know they are doing well but we have to improvise instruments and material we don’t have. With improvising, surgery that will have to take 30 minutes will take about one hour”.
The Chief Executive Officer of the Chamber of Bulk Oil Distributors, Senyo Hosi, said the officers at the Unit are doing a lot for the nation and they need to be assisted because the more resourced they are the more competent they will be.
“The skin is the largest organ on the body and the damage to it takes away dignity and damages to it take away your ability to even earn an income and if we can have a lot more support to the unit, we can only imagine the number of life and dignity that would be restored,” Mr. Senyo explained.