The Vice President of the Republic of Ghana, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia has on Sunday October 8, 2017 stated government’s intention to introduce new policies to alleviate the rampant Gas and Fuel Station explosions in the country.
He said that it was about time new measures were put in place to prevent the above mentioned explosions which took lives and injured others and added that these policies would ensure that safety measures were put in place to protect the lives of Ghanaians. He therefore emphasized that those who would go contrary to these measures would be dealt with accordingly.
He said these when he visited the injured victims of the Atomic Junction gas explosion currently on admission at the 37 Military Hospital on Sunday, October 8, 2017.
Dr Bawumia, who had visited the explosion site earlier, expressed that the weekend’s explosion was the eighth incident in three years and indicated that government was more resolved to putting in the necessary measures to prevent and avoid such explosions in the future.
He also visited victims who were taken to the Legon, Police and Ridge Hospitals to interact with them as well as wish them a speedy recovery.
As at Monday, October 8, 2017, a total of seven people were confirmed dead from the various hospitals with 132 others injured. Out of the total number of injured victims, 40 were rushed to the 37 Military Hospital. Whereas one was dead on arrival, the other died at the hospital with two others at are the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), five at the Allied Ward, 12 at the Trauma and Emergency Unit while the others were treated and discharged.
The Vice President was accompanied by Minister for Defence Hon Dominic Nitiwul, Minister for the Interior Hon Ambrose Derry, the Chief of the Defence Staff of the Ghana Armed Forces, Lt Gen Obed Akwa, the Commander of the facility Brig Gen Ernest Crosby Saka (Jr) and the Commanding Officer of the Hospital, Col Micheal Yeboah Agyapong.