One person shot at the Manhyia Palace

Medical personnel deployed at the burial ceremony of the late Asantehemaa are worried at the use of live ammunition at the funeral ground after one person was badly wounded by a stray bullet. 

The stray bullet is believed to have been fired from a live ammunition at the burial  service grounds.

Doctors say the 30-year-old man who is currently on admission at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital will require a surgery to correct a compound fracture he suffered.

The fracture has left the victim with the skin of the affected leg completely opened.

Coordinator of the team, Dr Alberta Britwum-Nyarko says even though the chiefs have been advised against the use of live ammunition, some chiefs continue to flout the directive.

Musketries continued to be fired from all angles at the Manhyia Palace as retinue of chiefs pay their last respect to the late Afia Serwaah Kobi Ampem II on the second day of the final funeral and burial service of Asantehemaa.

The medical team, made up of 50 doctors and 250 nurses, operating four clinics at the Manhyia Palace saw 420 cases on Monday alone.

They were called in to provide curative services to mourners who suffered from alcohol intoxication, diabetic and hypertensive emergencies, and dehydration among others.

Despite the danger associated with the firing of musketry with live ammunition, some chiefs continue to engage in the practice.

According to her, alcoholic intoxication, injuries, gunshot wounds, diabetic and hypertensive emergencies as well as dehydration top the list of conditions affecting mourners at the burial service.

“This is because we have the older age group attending this one. Some people don’t eat and they come so we have cases of hypoglycemia-their sugar goes low,” Dr Britwum-Nyarko said.

Dr Britwum-Nyarko who also doubles as the Kumasi Metro Health Director want mourners to adopt preventive lifestyles whilst they mourn the death of Asantehemaa.

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