Head of the Accident, Emergency and Orthopaedic Department, Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital, Dr Frederick Kwarteng, has called for an outright ban of the operations of Okada riders in the country.
Dr Kwarteng said, that, would reduce the rate of accidents and casualties caused by commercial motor riders, popularly called “Okada riders”.
Speaking in an interview with the Ghana News Agency, he said the ban had become necessary as the number of road traffic accidents caused by Okada men kept becoming rampant, and got worse during the Christmas festive season.
“Until the government implements policies to regulate the use of motorbikes especially for commercial purposes, it should ban their operations to save lives. This is what we want.
And this is causing the victims to lose their lives, legs and arms, brains, wealth and entire social life,” he said on behalf of the Ghana Medical Association.
Statics from hid department revealed that from December 21, 2019, to January 1, 2020, the 58 motorcycle accident victims and one bicycle accident victim.
In addition on January 2, 2020, as at the 1300 hours, the department had admitted one car accident victim and four motorcycle accident victims. Also, from December 22 to 23, 2019, 30 road traffic accident cases were recorded out of which 20 were serious Okada related cases.
Dr Boateng said some of the victims had crushed bones, fractures, severe wounds, head injuries and traumas.
In other news, The Bank of Ghana(BoG) has approved the issuance of 24-carat gold coins to honor the 20th anniversary of the Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II.
The coin is expected to be out-doored on the 70th birthday celebration of the Asantehene on May 6, 2020.
The coin would be exclusively auctioned to the public and proceeds used to fund the establishment of the Cultural Resource Centre, which would promote traditional and customary conflict resolution in the country.
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