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31-Year-Old Woman Dies In Ambulance As Husband Was Not Able To Pay For Fuel

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GHANA – A 31-year-old woman Augustina Awortwe has lost her life in an ambulance after undergoing a caesarean session at the Holy Child Catholic Hospital in Fijai, Ghana after her husband’s inability to fuel the ambulance at the hospital to transport her to the Korle Bu Teaching hospital in Accra.

John Obiri-Yeboah, the husband of the deceased narrating the incident to Empire News indicated that his wife had reported to the hospital on January 3 expecting to give birth on the Tuesday January 4, 2022. He said after leaving his wife in the care of her sister at the hospital he left for his house at Shama Junction.

According to Mr. Obiri-Yeboah,

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“I was there when the sister called that my wife’s situation had become critical and they were preparing to transfer her to Korle-Bu , so I was surprised, a few minutes later I received a call , I think it was the Ambulance Service team asking where i was and I told them I was at Shama Junction , which they asked me to wait and later picked me”.

He said after joining the ambulance en route to Korle-Bu, upon reaching Assorkor Essaman

”they asked for 600 cedis to buy fuel, and I told them I don’t have such an amount on me.”

He said he suggested to the ambulance team to cater for the refueling of the vehicle and later add the cost to the medical bill. He said the team refused and had to stop the ambulance for a while at Assorkor Essaman, but he later managed to provide them 50 cedis which they used to purchase fuel.

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However, instead of continuing the journey to Korle-Bu, they returned to the hospital at Fijai. Mr. Obiri Yeboah said as they returned to Fijai the medical team could not understand why the ambulance had returned which became an argument between the medical team and the ambulance team, but later the hospital provided the money to purchase the fuel.

This he said delayed the journey for close to thirty minutes, until they finally set off for Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital in Accra at around 6pm Tuesday evening.

He says while on the journey, as they reached Elmina in the Central Region, the team informed him that his wife’s condition was becoming critical that needed immediate medical intervention; they then suggested to send her to the Cape Coast Teaching hospital.

He says upon reaching the Cape Coast Teaching hospital, even before his wife could be sent in for the said medical intervention, one of the personnel from the ambulance team informed him that his wife had died.

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He is therefore blaming his wife’s demise largely on the delay by the ambulance team and is prepared to seek legal redress.

Meanwhile, when contacted on phone to ascertain what had happened at the Holy Child Catholic Hospital, the hospital’s administrator Deborah Ayeley explained they cannot divulge any information about the incident to Empire News due to the Patients’ Charter. She said any such request must be a police request .

The Regional Administrator of the Ghana Ambulance Service is however denying that the death was caused by a purported delay due to a demand for money to refuel the ambulance.

Explaining to Empire News in a phone conversation, Frank Bafo Manu explained that when a distress call came from the Holy Child Hospital for an ambulance to be dispatched to convey the now deceased to Accra, the Sekondi Ambulance was available and was immediately dispatched with her en route to Assorkor Essaman to pick the husband.

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He explained that due to the Christmas Festivities and the duties the ambulance undertook, fuel was low and since Monday January 3 , 2022 was a holiday the following Tuesday, January 4th , when the distress call came , the ambulance was yet to be refilled so it was stated that money will be provided by the husband.

When they however picked him up at Assorkor Essaman, he said he was without funds to refuel the ambulance. He said it was then also that a call came from Holy Child Hospital that there is need to come for the day old baby to be with the mother during her treatment since they could not determine how many days she will be away.

As a result the ambulance returned to Holy Child Hospital for the baby from Assorkor Essaman and therefore the claims that the mother of the baby lost her life due to unusual delay over lack of money for fuel is unfounded and not factual since Holy Child Hospital had agreed to fund the refuelling after the request was made to them after the husband said he had no funds for the venture.

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Popular Zambian Prophet Says President Hichilema To Rule Zambia For 10 Years

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Zambian prophet Isaac Praise has dropped a prophecy regarding President Hakainde Hichilema’s political future saying he will rule Zambia for 10 years.

According the man of God, by 2031, more than 80% of Zambians will still want Hichilema to continue ruling.

He was however said that it will not be an easy journey for Hichilema as he will face forces and criticisms against his type of leadership.

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“I was shocked to see President HH ruling this county up to 2031 without resistance because will be enjoying almost 95% support from Zambians in 2026”, said the Prophet.

He Continued; “Calculate the 40 weeks with me, 40 weeks of hardships for all Zambians start from Sunday 19th December 2021 and will permanently end on Saturday 24th September 2022 after which Zambians will see light and will cherish the fact that President Hakainde Hichilema was sent by God to set Zambia free from economic hardships.”

He added that after 2022, opposition political parties will have no support as 90% of their supporters will agree with the economic policies of President Hakainde Hichilema.

“I was shocked to see President HH ruling this county up to 2031 without resistance because will be enjoying almost 95% support from Zambians in 2026”, said the Prophet.

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Update: Atleast 17 dead in Ghana explosion

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An explosion caused by a truck carrying explosives for a mine killed at least 17 people and injured 59 others Thursday and devastated a town in western Ghana, the government said.

The explosion occurred around noon Thursday in Apiate, not far from Bogoso, a mining town in the Western Region, about 300 kilometers west of Accra, the capital of the mineral-rich West African country.

Videos authenticated by AFP show a large crater, blown houses and debris strewn across the ground for hundreds of meters. Several lifeless bodies, some dismembered, are visible and testify to the violence of the explosion.

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According to the first elements of the investigation, it was “an accident involving a truck transporting explosive materials for a mining company, a motorcycle and a third vehicle that took place near an electrical transformer and led to the explosion,” said Information Minister Kojo Oppong-Nkrumah in a statement issued Thursday night.

At around 17:00 local time (16:00 GMT), the authorities had counted “a total of 17 people unfortunately confirmed dead”, and “59 injured people rescued”, he said.

Of the 59 injured, 42 have been treated in health centers, some “in critical condition”, said the minister. All hospitals in the area have been mobilized, and a plan has been activated to evacuate people in critical condition to Accra.

“Ghost town”

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“It’s a black Thursday. So far, 500 houses have been affected. Some have been completely leveled by the blast while others have developed cracks,” Sedzi Sadzi Amedonu, deputy coordinator of the National Disaster Management Organization, told AFP in the evening.

“It’s almost like a ghost town now. Some houses have been burned, others have been covered by debris, and search and rescue operations are still ongoing,” he added.

Survivors of the explosion, interviewed by the local press, told of scenes of desolation.

Like Abena Mintah, who explained that he ran to the scene of the accident to see if he could help rescue any victims.

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“The driver of the truck carrying the explosives ran towards us to tell us to stand down and a few minutes later we heard a loud bang,” he explained.

“I became dizzy and fell into the bush. I managed to get up and saw several dismembered bodies in the street,” said the witness, who suffered minor injuries to his feet and hands.

In order to avoid a second explosion, the authorities have deployed a joint team of police and military experts. They “will examine the situation and put in place security measures,” the government said.

Authorities have asked residents to move away from the blast site and evacuate to surrounding villages. Schools and churches were opened for them to stay overnight.

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By late afternoon, Ghana’s President Nana Akufo-Addo had lamented on Twitter “a truly sad, unfortunate and tragic event”, and offered his condolences to the families of the victims.

Deadly accidents related to the mining sector are common in Ghana, but most often involve the collapse of artisanal mines, mostly illegal.

In June, at least nine people died in the collapse of such a mine in northern Ghana.

Ghana is Africa’s second-largest gold producer, after South Africa. The country’s mining industry involves both large global players and artisanal mining, many of which are illegal.

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