Zen Petroleum Limited (ZPL) over the weekend donated several medical consumables worth GH¢ 11,000 to four hospitals treating the gas explosion victims of the accident which occurred on Tuesday, 9th May, 2017 at the premises of the Ghana Household Utilities Manufacturing Company (GHUMCO) situated along the Takoradi-Sekondi road.
It also made an additional cash donation of GH¢ 5,000 to the Western Regional Office of the Ghana National Fire Service (GNFS) to take care of the officers who sustained serious burn injuries in the accident.
The beneficiary hospitals include GPHA Hospital, Takoradi Hospital, Effia-Nkwanta Regional Hospital and the New Takoradi Hospital.
The donation of the medical supplies consisting of gauzes, antiseptic disinfectants, bandages and gloves among others was in response to a request sent by the three hospitals to the public for assistance and supported by Paragon FM, a local radio station, in Takoradi.
Briefing journalists after the presentation, Corporate Affairs Manager of Zen, Mr. Nicholas de-Heer, observed that there was an overwhelming “sadness that befell all of us seeing the pictures of the burnt people and extensive infrastructure damages after the accident hence the donation.”
He hinted that the donation forms part of the company’s social performance which has been administered over several years, adding that Zen actively contributes to communities and human development by implementing and supporting projects in education, health and road transport safety.
For his part, Commercial Manager of Zen, Mr. Kwabena Ampong, cautioned on the need to be conscious of safety in all “our endeavours” adding that “we need to be each other’s keeper and voice out our concerns if we are not convinced about the safety of any on-going operation, as it could have dire consequences on ourselves.”
Deputy Western Regional Fire Officer, DO1 Veronica Naa Ajeley Koney, who received the cheque on behalf of the victims, corrected that six personnel were injured with three on admission responding to treatment.
She went on to disclose the one of the victims has been transferred to the Inter Burton Hospital at Cape Coast.
Health Services Administrator, Nurudeen Jamo, who spoke to the team at the Takoradi Hospital, announced that one of the victims was transferred to the Inter Burton Hospital at Cape Coast whereas five others were also airlifted to the 37 Military Hospital for further treatment.
Story: From Seth Ameyaw Danquah, Takoradi, Western Region