Mr Kwaku Ofori Asiamah, Minister of Transport, on Monday paid a visit to last Friday’s accident scene at Ekumfi-Dunkwa in the Central Region and also visited the injured at the three hospitals they are receiving treatments to empathise with them.
Four persons died on the spot and two others later at the hospital with 67 others suffering various degrees of injuries when the vehicles on which they were traveling collided head-on.
They are at the Winneba Trauma and Specialist, St. Luke Catholic in Apam, where most of them were hospitalised and the Saltpond Government Hospitals.
Mr Emmanuel Bosompem, Administrator of at St. Luke Catholic Hospital who briefed the Minister and his team said a total of 34 victims were brought to the facility.
Two , he noted died on arrival, while 10 were referred – seven to the Winneba Trauma and Specialist hospital, two to Takoradi European hospital, and one to 37 military hospital.
However, two unidentified bodies, a male and female were at the morgue awaiting identification and collection by their respective families and appealed for help.
In all the three health facilities visited, many of the victims were treated and discharged.
He also commiserated with the families of the victims and extended his condolences to the families of the death and presented quantities of assorted items including; toiletries, gloves, bandages, cotton, plasters, and disinfectants to aid in their treatment.
He was accompanied by Mr. Thomas Agyei Baffoe, Deputy Regional Minister, Mrs. May Obiri-Yeboah, Executive Director of the National Road Safety Commission (NRSC), Ms. Linda Afotey Annan, Regional Director of the Commission and the Municipal and District Chief Executives for Mfantseman and Ekumfi.
Mr Asiamah scored the staff of the hospitals high marks for the prompt attention they gave to the injured and encouraged them to continue to render professional and dedicated services to save lives.
The Minister called on all key stakeholders such as the National Road Safety Commission and the Police Motor Transport and Traffic Department (MTTD) to step-up measures to curb the increasing spate of road fatalities and advised passengers not to allow careless drivers to kill them, but to protest when the drivers drove carelessly.
Drivers should obey road traffic regulations, avoid driving under the influence of alcohol or use of drugs, speeding and avoid the use of mobile phones while driving and ensure that their vehicles were well maintained.
Mr Bosompem praised the efforts of the public in the rescue of the victims and the professional manner in which the health personnel in particular, handled the victims.
He thanked the Minister for his gesture and assured him that the donation would be distributed directly among the families of the victims.
The media should support public and private sector initiatives aimed at educating the public on road safety, especially this Easter festivities.
“Road safety is a collective responsibility therefore all road users, including drivers, riders, pedestrians and passengers to work together and develop the culture of discipline to ensure safety on the roads, he assured.