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Ghana to mark 17th Anniversary of May 9 disaster

Ghana to mark 17th Anniversary of May 9 disaster
Herbert Mensah in previous May 9 commemoration
Ghana is set to mark the 17th anniversary of the May 9th soccer disaster that claimed 126 lives at the Accra sports stadium after a midweek league match between Accra Hearts of Oak and Kumasi Asante Kotoko.

Over the years, former football administrator, Herbert Mensah, with support from donors, have assisted with supporting the wellbeing of victims and families of the disaster.

The support mainly centred on paying school and hospital expenses of wards and dependents of some of the victims and their general wellbeing.

This year the focus is different with particular attention to children facing life-threatening ailment but with no support to treat them.

‘We have done our search and we realize that some kids have been dying from taking caustic soda, the ingredient used in the manufacturing of soap and at the Komfo Anokye Teaching hospital intensive care unit, we found out so many children battling to stay alive and unfortunately their parents do not have the financial means to meet the health cost to save their kids so we have decided with our partners to assist with the hospital bills as part of the May 9th remembrance day’, Herbert Mensah told Joynews.

The event itself will start with prayers at the Kumasi central mosque to be followed by a health walk on the streets of Kumasi and finally a courtesy call on the Asantehene Otumfuo Osei Tutu the second.

According to Herbert Mensah, the donation will be made to families affected by the disaster.

“There are so many things happening beyond the walk, we as organizers have been involved on a daily basis with payment of school fees and others to people who have become family over the years through the May 9th association,” Mr. Mensah Added. 

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