Official: 7 dead in Atomic gas explosion; 132 injured


The death toll in the Atomic Junction gas explosion has risen to seven – four at the Police Hospital and three at the 37 Military Hospital, government has officially announced.

One hundred and thirty-two persons are injured out of which 64 have been treated and discharged, the Information Minister Mustapha Hamid said in a statement Sunday.

The statement said 68 injured persons including a fire officer at the Police Hospital are still receiving treatment with two others in critical condition at the Intensive Care Unit of the 37 Military Hospital.

Investigation has commenced into the cause of fire after a fuel station caught fire when a gas station exploded Saturday evening at the Atomic Junction.

It took about 10 hours for the Ghana National Fire Service to bring the situation under total control.

Meanwhile, vice president Dr Mahamudu Bawumia has led a government delegation to visit the various medical centres where the victims are receiving treatment.

Speaking at the gas explosion site Sunday, Dr. Bawumia noted government will issue a “solid policy to deal with it once and for all.”

“This is one too many,” the vice president said after cutting short his trip in the Northern region to return to Accra.

Seven people have since lost their lives while trying to escape the explosion with about 40 injured persons currently on admission at the 37 Military Hospital. Two people are battling for their lives at the Intensive Care Unit of the military health facility.




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