Chinese Societies Support Atomic Fire Victims

Tang Hong (second left) making the donation to Col. Yeboah-Agyapong. With them is President of the Ghana China Friendship Association.

The Association of Chinese Societies in Ghana has donated GHȼ50,000 to the 37 Military Hospital to support the treatment of victims of the Atomic Junction gas explosion.

About seven persons, including a cameraman attached to the presidential press corps, lost their lives while scores of individuals got injured on Saturday, October 7, 2017 during a gas explosion at Atomic Junction, a suburb of Accra.

Many of the victims are currently receiving treatment at the 37 Military Hospital which was their first port of call.

Chairman of the Association of Chinese Societies in Ghana, Tang Hong, in a statement on Tuesday in Accra, said that “the Chinese Community in Ghana is saddened to hear of the tragic event which occurred on Saturday, 7 October, 2017.”

He said “it is unfortunate that many families are still reeling from the great loss and pain of devastation caused by the Atomic Junction gas explosion.”

He indicated that the Chinese community in Ghana was obliged to offer assistance and humanitarian support to the victims.

“This donation is a token and to show our concern to the accident victims. We are hopeful this modest contribution will help to support some of the hospital expenses of the victims,” Mr Hong said.

According to him, “We all are fully aware that disasters cannot be completely avoided. It is also a fact that being struck by natural calamities such as this and its aftermath is a heart-wrenching experience.”

Receiving the cash on behalf of the hospital, Colonel Yeboah-Agyapong, Commanding Officer of the 37 Military Hospital, thanked the Chinese Societies for the support and said that it would go a long way to help meet the medical needs of the victims.

He said it takes long period of time to heal such victims which requires support, indicating that the last victim of the June 3 2015 victim was released from the hospital only a month ago.

Colonel Yeboah-Agyapong therefore appealed to other organizations to support the hospital to meet the medical needs of the fire victims.

By Melvin Tarlue