The Vice-President, Mahamudu Bawumia has announced that government is to foot the medical bills of the victims of the Akyem Batabi building collapse disaster.
The Vice President, who handed over an initial amount of ¢200,000 to the families on Sunday, at Akyem Batabi said, government stood ready to do more if the need arises.
The families of the disaster victims will also receive some financial assistance to help them go through these trying times.
The six-storey building of the Church of Prosperity, collapsed onto about 60 worshipers on Tuesday night, leading to the death of at least 22 persons, while others rescued from the rubble are receiving treatment.
The Vice President who was accompanied by the Director-General of the National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO), Eric Nana Agyemang-Prempeh; Eastern Region Minister, Eric Kwakye Darfuor and other officials, visited the site of the disaster and consoled the families of those who lost their lives.
“On behalf of President Akufo-Addo and the entire government, I wish to express our deepest condolences to our brothers and sisters who have been affected by this disaster.
“Only God knows why this has happened, and we can only ask God to help us in this difficult time” Dr. Bawumia said.
“Government will foot the medical bills of the victims. We will also provide some financial assistance to the families to help them cope with this challenge.”
Thanking the rescuers, especially the townsfolk, local contractors, members of the 48 Engineers Regiment, and the Achiase Jungle Warfare school, Vice President Bawumia singled out a local, popularly known as ‘Cote d’ Ivoire’ who reportedly burrowed into the rubble and single-handedly rescued 17 persons.
“Ghana is grateful to you” Vice President Bawumia stated.
The chiefs and people of Batabi thanked government for the kind and speedy support.
The founder of the Church of Prosperity, Prophet Akoa Isaac, has since been arrested and assisting the police with investigations.