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Pantang Hospital employees put their lives in danger by living in a dilapidated structure



Pantang Hospital employees put their lives in danger by living in a dilapidated structure

Several squatters and Pantang hospital employees are forced to occupy unfinished and dilapidated buildings at the risk of their lives.

The Ministry of Health declared the structures unsafe following a structural integrity test in 2021.

The structure was originally built to house hospital staff, but nursing students and other community members have turned the dilapidated and worn-out structure into their home, despite hospital management’s warnings to vacate the building.

A visit to Pantang on March 16, 2023, revealed that the structure was still in use despite its deplorable condition.

Pantang Hospital employees put their lives in danger by living in a dilapidated structure

There were various types of cracks and leaks, exposed and rusted iron rods, and exposed wires.

All of the stairs connecting the ground floor to the other floors were completely destroyed. One of the stairs in the Okonkwo Building was made of rotten wood, and the structure was crooked, but the building’s occupants continued to use it unconcerned.

Delali Tomegah, an environmental officer with the Pantang hospital, said he was given the accommodation by the hospital when asked if he came to live in the building of his own free will.

Pantang Hospital employees put their lives in danger by living in a dilapidated structure

“The walling of the hospital affected my accommodation, so the hospital authorities asked me to move into the building.”

He has lived in the building for two years and believes the structure is sound.

“The structure is very strong, but from the outside, it appears weak. It only appears to be old; with a little TLC, it will look brand new.”

A resident – name withheld – stated that, while she is terrified that the building will collapse, she has no choice.

“I am scared the building may collapse on us one day, but we have nowhere to go”.

Doris Attiogbe, a mother of two, told Citi News about her dangerous living conditions.

“The building soaks the water anytime it rains, I don’t know about the other tenants though. The cement component along the stairs has recently begun to fall off.”

She added that after 5 years in the building and numerous evacuation notices, she is now ready to leave.

Pantang Hospital employees put their lives in danger by living in a dilapidated structure

Dr Frank Baning, the hospital’s Medical Director, denied that the hospital’s management had authorised their stay.

“I can tell you for a fact that none of them, at least not that I am aware of, will be able to show you that they were given a letter to go and live in such a structure, and I have been at the helm of affairs since 2016.”

He also stated that the hospital is situated on an earthquake fault line in Ghana.

“I am the one pushing for it to be demolished because I’m afraid that if you are not careful, one of these days it will collapse on staff and that’s been one of my fears. You know we fall within the fault lines. Anytime there is one of those earth tremors, we at the Pantang Hospital usually feel it here, so you can just imagine if the scale goes up a little what will happen to that building. So those are some of the fears, and we won’t ask staff to live in a place like that.”

Dr Baning went on to say that the fact that residents live in the building rent-free indicates that their stay was not approved by hospital management.

Pantang Hospital employees put their lives in danger by living in a dilapidated structure

He added that they were unable to evict them as planned because the occupants had filed an appeal with the Ministry of Health.

“They petitioned my bosses, that is the mental health authority and the Ministry [of Health] so as far as I’m concerned, it’s been taken up by a higher institution than Pantang hospital and [it is] being dealt with. So I would say the best people to talk to would be the Ministry because they went to petition them”.

“The minister delegated the Deputy Minister of health to come here and resolve the issue, they all saw it and said no it must come down. The municipal assembly put together a team made of engineers and security people to come and take a look and the conclusion is that it should be pulled down.”


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50 church members injured in a four-car collision




50 church members injured in a four-car collision

A collision involving four automobiles injured about 50 members of Resurrection Power New Generation Church in varying degrees.

The collision occurred on the Accra-Kasoa route at Menskrom Weija Junction.

The four vehicles include a Tata bus for Resurrection Power New Generation Church, an old Benz, a KIA Rio taxi, and a police officer’s Toyota Vitz.

According to eyewitnesses, the police officer, travelling from Kasoa tollbooth to Accra, made a wrong turn and crossed the bus, causing the collision.

When the police car arrived at the Weija junction traffic signal, it collided with the church bus, which collided with two additional automobiles parked on the road’s shoulder.

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Some eyewitnesses accused the police officer in the Toyota Vitz of the collision in an interview with Adom News’ Seth Kofi Adjei.

According to eyewitnesses, two church members are believed dead, while several others are gravely hurt.

The bus carried around 80 passengers, including children.

A taxi driver whose automobile was involved in the crash also accused the officer.

The Ghana Fire Service and a police force were on the site to guarantee that traffic flowed freely.

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Rastafarian boy who was nearly turned down by Achimota School may now represent them at NSMQ




Rastafarian boy who was nearly turned down by Achimota School may now represent them at NSMQ

Since a photo of Achimota School’s probable squad for this year’s National Science and Maths Quiz (NSMQ) appeared on Friday, June 2, social media has been buzzing.

Tyrone Marhguy, a young man who was at the centre of a dispute that shocked the education system two years ago, stood out among the kids.

Tyrone was photographed in a social media image portraying Achimota School’s trial session in preparation for the 2023 NSMQ season.

Here’s why this communiqué is noteworthy:

He was one of two students who complained that the school had refused them admittance because their hairdo violated the school’s code of conduct.

The Rastafarian kids filed a lawsuit against the Achimota School Board of Governors, the Minister of Education, the Ghana Education Service, and the Attorney General for refusing to enrol them. Achimota School pressed on them shaving their dreadlocks to conform with school requirements.

A High Court judgement on May 31, 2021, ordered the institution to allow the students.

His classmate, Oheneba Kwaku Nkrabea, on the other hand, received a scholarship to Ghana International School.

Tyrone Marhguy went to Achimota School and sat for his end-of-term test barely hours after enrolling in June 2021, following the court verdict.

Following the newest development, social media users appear to be reeling from the prospect of this story blossoming into a ‘zero-to-hero’ story when the national quiz begins soon.

Tyrone’s involvement with the school’s NSMQ squad is not his first.

He was also sighted with the team last year, which raised fresh discussion over his participation.

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We’ll exploit Archbishop Agyinasare as a scapegoat – Nogokpo leaders




We'll exploit Archbishop Agyinasare as a scapegoat - Nogokpo leaders

The Chiefs and people of Nogokpo, in the Volta Region’s Ketu South Municipality, have threatened to make Archbishop Charles Agyinasare, the founder and head of the Perez Chapel International, a scapegoat if he does not appear at their palace.

During a news conference on Friday, June 2, the chiefs issued a 14-day ultimatum to Archbishop Agyinasare to appear before them to settle a disagreement over certain recent utterances he made.

In an interview with Selorm Adonoo on Eyewitness News, the convener of the community, Nufialaga Mawufemor Korbla Nonyigbey, cautioned, “We have given him a 14-day ultimatum. If he wants to do the needful, he should come. If he doesn’t want to, he should refuse. If he is mature enough, he should do what is needful. If Agyinasare doesn’t do the needful, we will make him a scapegoat.”

The convener of the community stated that the founder and head of the Perez Chapel International’s excuse will not be accepted.

“He has caused serious damage to Voltarians and the people of Nogokpo. His justification doesn’t prove anything to us,” Nufialaga Mawufemor Korbla Nonyigbey fumed.

Nogokpo chiefs slam Christian Council

He lambasted the Christian Council for being quiet about the matter.

“He said things damaging a whole community, and the Christian Council thinks it’s okay with what he said. He should respect the African traditional belief system,” he pointed out.

The convener of the community clarified that the deity in Nogokpo does not scare people away.

“It is not a matter of instilling fear in people. Everyone knows the power of the supreme deity, the thunder deity in Nogokpo. Nogokpo is the god of justice,” he clarified.

On Thursday, May 25, 2023, Archbishop Agyinasare caused a stir during a Supernatural Summit held at the headquarters of Perez Chapel in Accra, when he preached about divine protection and the existence of evil forces, insinuating against Nogokpo, a deity named after a town in the Volta Region.

He said Nogokpo is the demonic headquarters of the Volta Region, which outraged the town’s leaders and residents.

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