General News Sun, 24 Mar 2019

Kintampo Accident: Government to pay treatment cost of surviving victims

The Government has indicated its preparedness to bear the medical bills of victims of last Friday’s accident which occurred at Ampomakrom in the Kintampo South District of the Bono East Region.

Evans Opoku Bobbie, the acting Minister for Bono East Region disclosed this when he visited the accident victims currently receiving treatment at the Kintampo South District Hospital in Jema.

Victims receiving care at the Holy Family Hospital at Techiman as well as other health facilities will benefit from similar government support.

Speaking to Citi News, Evans Opoku Bobbie the Acting Minister for Bono East Region, disclosed that government had already made some financial commitment towards the treatment of the surviving victims.

“Government is going to take care of the cost of treatment until they are discharged. We will take the cost of treatment of all those who are here and those who have been transferred to other hospitals. We have left some amount of money here in Jaman to take good care of those who are receiving treatment. We will visit those at the other others and do same.”

About 60 persons have so far been confirmed dead in the accident which involved a VVIP Kia bus with registration number GT 3915- 17 travelling from Garu in the Upper East Region to Kumasi and a Grandbird bus with registration number GT 5694-18 from Accra to Bolgantaga also in the Upper East Region.

About 50 others have also sustained varying degrees of injuries.

Mass burial held for 39 burnt bodies

Meanwhile, a mass burial has been held for 39 of the people who died in Friday’s bloody accident on the Techiman-Kintampo road accident Bono East Region.

The burial according to authorities was necessary because the bodies of the victims have been burnt beyond recognition.

It was under the supervision of personnel from the Ghana Police Service, local authorities, religious leaders and traditional rulers at the Jema Cemetry.

Relatives of unidentified persons who were involved in the fatal crash were also present.

Kintampo South District Police Commander, DSP Ofori Boateng told Citi News the decision to bury the burnt bodies was arrived at in consultation with relevant stakeholders.

“With the concerns of stakeholders, they have agreed and the bodies have been buried in a mass grave here in Jaman. People who have not heard from their relatives who left Accra by the VVIP bus can come to Jaman to identify them from the other bodies. ”

Source: citinewsroom.com
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