The Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts (MTCA) in conjunction with the Ghana Actors Guild and the Musicians Union of Ghana(MUSIGA) on Tuesday donated an undisclosed amount of money to victims of last week Wednesday’s disaster at Kwame Nkrumah Circle in Accra.
The Deputy Minister, Mrs. Dzifa Gomashie, led a delegation to visit the victims on admission at the Korle-Bu and 37 Military hospitals to cheer them up and later made the donation.
She commended the staff of both hospitals for working hard to save the lives of the injured persons and encouraged the patients not to give up.
The delegation first visited the Korle-Bu National Reconstructive and Burns Centre, where six severely injured persons were on admission and in critical condition.
Mrs. Selassie Ibrahim, a veteran actress and Chief Executive Officer of Smartys Management and Productions, presented the unspecified amount of money on behalf of the group.
The head of the Centre, Dr. Albert Paintsil, who received the donation on behalf of the centre, thanked the ministry and members of the group for their support, and acknowledged earlier donors of various items.
He said what was, however, most needed was one of the patients at the centre who was still unconscious and according to the specialists, needed three anti-biotics at a cost of GH¢360 daily to respond to treatment.
At the 37 Military Hospital, the Commanding Officer in-charge, Colonel Michael Yeboah Agyapong, was grateful to the group for the visit which, according to him, could provide the patients with spiritual healing as some of them were suffering from post-traumatic syndrome.
Speaking to The Ghanaian Times later, Mr. Henry Harding, a veteran actor, also known as Papa Nii, said the pains in the hearts of Ghanaians should be enough reason for things to be done right adding, “if our drains were not blocked with filth the disaster would probably not occur”.
“This is the time to pull down structures on waterways and strictly enforce all building regulations so that we do not experience this calamity again,” he said.
Philipa Baafi and Selina Boateng, both musicians, urged Ghanaians to demonstrate the proverbial Ghanaian hospitality by supporting the victims anyway they could, especially, with money.
Ms. Akofa Edjeani, also a veteran actress, advised the public to refrain from dumping refuse into drains to prevent them from getting choked.
“We must stop throwing filth into the gutters because these cause the drainage system to choke. We are the government and we should make the collective effort to stop such attitude and stop blaming every serving President for these disasters”, she added.
By Joy Addae-Madzi