BDCs donate ¢20,000 to flood victims; call for safety audits at fuel stations

The Bulk Oil Distribution Companies (BDCs), private companies that import and distribute petroleum products in Ghana has donated 20,000 cedis to the floods victims.

The Chief Executive of the Chamber of BDCs, Mr. Senyo Hosi, presented a cheque for the amount to Joy FM as the BDCs contribution to the relief effort.

The station is spearheading a massive relief effort to bring succour to victims and survivors of the twin flood and fire disaster that claimed more than a hundred and fifty lives.

Torrential rains Wednesday submerged large parts of the capital with the Kwame Nkrumah Circle, Avenor, Kaneshie, Adabraka, Mallam Junction being the worst hit.

An explosion at the state-owned Goil filling station near the Kwame Nkrumah Circle killed more than a hundred people.

The entire Circle area has been devastated with residents still scraping sludge and debris deposited by the floods five days after the disaster.

Many of the victims help to put their lives back in shape as they try to make sense of what happened.

In response to this, Joy FM, with the support of its listeners and partners has mobilised relief items which were distributed to the victims Saturday and Sunday.

Bales of used and new clothing, truckloads of sachet water, bags of rice, gallons of oil, bread rolls, bars of soap, detergents, and cooked food were distributed to the victims.

Supporting the effort, Mr. Hosi presented a cheque for 20,000 cedis to the station as the contribution of the BDCs towards alleviating the suffering of the people.

He called for a nationwide safety audit of all fuel pump stations to ensure they meet safety requirements and prevent a repeat of what happened at Goil.

Owners of the BDCs, he said, were heartbroken by the disaster at Goil and its attendant deaths and believe safety audits are urgently needed to assure the general public that fuel stations are safe.

Senyo Hosi also appealed to other corporate organisations to donate and help the needy in these trying times.

Host of Ultimate Health on Joy FM, Nortey Dua, received the cheque on behalf of the station.

He thanked the BDCs and Senyo Hosi for their generous support.

Medical supplies, food and cash are now critically needed.

Survivors of the fire who are on admission at the 37 military and Korle-Bu Teaching hospitals, according to hospital authorities, need to have their dressings changed every three days to prevent infection.

Each dressing, they say, costs 500 cedis, making their treatment extremely expensive and financial support very necessary.

Joy FM is still receiving donations in the form of food, cash and medical supplies – anti-Malaria drugs, disinfectants,

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