A cheque worth GHC 200,00 has been issued by the government to some hospitals to cater for the medical expenses of the victims of the La gas explosion, near the Trade Fair, last week.
The Minister for Health, Alex Segbefia, in a short ceremony on Thursday handed over the cheques, which fulfilled government's promises to cater for the medical bills of the victims.
"As promised the president asked the ministry to foot the bills of the patients at the various hospitals. Today the Minister handed over cheques worth 200,000 cedis to four hospitals taking care of the victims," said the the PRO for the Health Ministry, Tony Goodman.
According to him, 37 Military hospital got 125,000.00 cedis, Police Hospital got, 10,000.00 cedis, Korle Bu got 15,000.00, and La General Hospital got 50,000.00 cedis and other medications as well.
There have been no mention of a compensation for the families of those who died in the explosion, and when asked if the families of the deceased will receive compensation, Mr. Goodman said, "For us we deal with the living."
On Thursday, December 22, a gas tanker exploded at a gas filling station near the La Trade Fair in Accra, and has so far claimed 11 lives, with over 30 others sustaining various degrees of injuries.
The true cause of the explosion is still being investigated.