Six still on admission after Nuaso Old Town-soldiers clashes

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The Administrator for the St Martin De Porres Hospital, Emmanuel Bosompem, says six out of eight victims brought to the facility on Monday following the clash between the Nuaso Old Town residents and the military are still on admission.

Dr Bosompem confirmed minor injuries were treated and surgeries done on them and that they are in stable condition but could not confirm gunshot wounds.

“Eight people were brought in [Monday], two have been discharged. One of the six was in critical condition but he is in stable condition now. They had injury on the leg and on the shoulders.We didn’t take any bullet out, so we cannot confirm that the wounds are gun shots wounds.”

The Hospital Administrator is worried the unstable environment is not prudent for work.

“We want to appeal that the situation be resolved amicably because [Monday] we had a tough time rescuing the situation. We needed an X-Ray technician for the cases, because they had blocked the way, we struggled before getting access. This doesn’t augur well.”

Relatives of the victims are alleging they were shot.

“My brother was shot, he is on Oxygen, we don’t even have enough to care for him now,” almost teary Comfort Tetteh explained.

Residents thronged the St Martin’s De Porres Hospital on Tuesday morning to check the conditions of their relatives.

Two incident occurred on Monday.

The first misunderstanding resulted in alleged flogging of Nuaso Old Town residents by the military.

The military’s return to the community to take the transformer from the Nuaso Old Town community resulted in the alleged shootings in the air after resistance from the community.

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The Nuaso Old Town community is relatively calm now, but sections do not have light because the transformers have been cut off.

The residents want the lights back and request the President to intervene in the matter.

“They shot at us, we had to pelt them with stones in defence, now they have cut us off, the businesses here cannot work, we need the lights back. This is not a war zone.”

By Yvonne Neequaye||Ghana