Trade Fair Fire Health Minister: Gov't to foot bills of La gas explosion victims

The minister, who visited some of the victims at the La General, Police and 37 Military hospitals Friday asked the management to "quickly" put together cost for payment to be made.

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The Health Minister Alex Segbefia has disclosed that the Government of Ghana will foot the cost of treatment of the burn victims of the La gas explosion.

The minister, who visited some of the victims at the La General, Police and 37 Military hospitals Friday asked the management to "quickly" put together cost for payment to be made.

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He said: “The president has indicated clearly that all the costs of the burn victims from this incident will be covered by the state, so we’ve made it clear to the management and the Brigadier General-in-charge, the commandant, that they should quickly put together all the logistics and costs of caring for these patients.

"As you know with burn victims, there is the need to constantly wash, constantly change dressing, and put them on antibiotics and very strong pain killers, so there is for each patient a cost.

"You have to bring in extra staff to actually deal with it and this has been done in a very military-type fashion in this hospital."

Accra on Thursday was hit by yet another major fire at a gas station near the Ghana International Trade Fair Centre which claimed five lives and injured many.

Forty-two people according to the police have sustained various degrees of injury and are receiving treatment.

"We have 27 at the 37 Military Hospital, three at the police hospital, six at the La Polyclinic and six at the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital. Five have also passed on and have been deposited at the Police Hospital morgue,”  ASP Afia Tenge, Greater Accra Regional Public Relations Officer of the Ghana Police Service.

--Cause of explosion--

The National Petroleum Authority says the explosion was caused by 'irresponsible human error'.

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Chief Executive Officer of the NPA, Mr. Moses Asaga, explained that two bolts which should have tightened the lid on the gas tanker were missing.

He told Accra-based Joy FM Friday that the pressure of the fully loaded gas tanker was forced out 'like a missile' causing the explosion.

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