66 pupils in Koforidua, 70 in Kumasi collapse during independence parade
In most cases, the district assemblies regional coordinating councils had made provisions for the national ambulance service to be on standby while the various schools had a red-cross team to respond promptly to the pupils and provided first aid.
In Kumasi, about 70 pupils and security personnel also collapsed at the various locations due to fatigue and dehydration.
In a related development, The District Chief Executive for Wassa East District, Wilson Arthur, in the Western region reportedly collapsed on the grounds of the Independence Day celebration in the course of reading his speech.
The story of the collapsed DCE, reported by our counterparts at 3news, was immediately rushed to the Ahmadyyia Muslim Mission hospital at Daboase by the Member of Parliament (MP) for Wassa East constituency, Isaac Adjei Mensah and his entourage.
Flashback: Scrap school parade; it is a torture
Our readers will recall the Leader and founder of the Progressive Peoples Party, Dr Papa Kwesi Nduom saying the independence anniversary march is a torture of the innocent school children who are made to take part in it. Dr. Papa Kwesi Nduom had vowed to “stop torturing the children” if he is voted into power in the December elections of the year 2012.
“Somehow we have made independence celebration an occasion for our soldiers, police and prison officers, customs and immigration officers and school children to stand in the hot Ghanaian sun and march past state officials. The rest of us at best look on and enjoy another day away from work. The day has also become one for people whose party is in power to show off while those in opposition frown as they look on”, he had written.
“Indeed, it is a joy to observe how other countries celebrate the architects of their independence. For one day, all citizens in these countries sit together, drink and eat together and enjoy the fact that they are citizens of a country they are proud of. Ghanaians can become proud of their country too if progressive leadership encourages the right attitude and behaviour”, the 2 time PPP flagbearer had written six years ago.
Over the years, the number of pupils who collapse during the parade has been increasing, this time including security agents and officials.