Explosion: GMA commends Tarkwa Doctors, other health workers for swift action

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The Ghana Medical Association (GMA) has expressed its deepest condolences to families that have lost loved ones to the explosion that occurred at Appiatse near Bogos in the Western Region.

The GMA in a statement on Friday January 21 commended medical practitioners and other health workers at the Tarkwa Government Hospital where most of the victims were conveyed, for the swift manner they attended to the cases.

“On behalf of the National Executive Council (NEC) of the GMA we express our deepest condolences to families that have lost loved ones to this unfortunate event.

“We wish all injured person speedy recovery. The GMA commends the National Emergency Response Team and the volunteer for their efforts in rescue exercise thus far.

“We are grateful to the Medical Doctors and other healthcare workers especially those at the Tarkwa Municipal Hospital and other health facilities providing care for the injured,” the GMA statement said.

Following the disaster on Thursday January 20, the Police said its preliminary investigation established that a mining explosive vehicle moving from Tarkwa to Chirano mines collided with a motorcycle resulting in the explosion.

“Reference to our earlier emergency public notice, the Police have taken charge of the situation providing security to enable the emergency workers including the Ghana National Fire Service, NADMO and the Ambulance Service to manage the situation.

“The public has been advised to move out of the area to nearby towns for their safety while recovery efforts are underway.An appeal is also being made to nearby towns to open up their classrooms, churches etc to accommodate surviving victims.

“Meanwhile, preliminary investigation has established that a mining explosive vehicle moving from Tarkwa to Chirano mines collided with a motorcycle resulting in the explosion. Most of the victims have been rescued and are on admission at various hospitals and clinics within the Bogoso Municipality.

Thirteen people have so far died in relation to this accident.

Speaking to journalists on Friday January 21, the Director General, Public Affairs Directorate of the Police Service, ACP Kwasi Ofori said “It was misreported that they were dead but when they were taken to the hospital, the medical officers certified that they were not clinically dead and as such they were admitted and treatment is ongoing. So it is 13 and we should take note of that.”

By Laud Nartey|3news.com|Ghana

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