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05.06.2007 General News

We Must Learn More About Lightning - Dr Grant

A former member of the Council of State, Dr Mary Grant, has called for proper and thorough education on the causes and effects of lightning to save lives during its occurrence.

She bemoaned the recent loss of human lives, including that of a six-year-old pupil of Mallam, near Accra.

Last Saturday, the Daily Graphic reported that seven sailors died when lightning struck their vessel, while the pupil was killed when lightning struck the Mallam District Assembly Primary School.

Sharing her views on those disasters, as well as the floods in Accra and the recent road accidents, Dr Grant said, “We cannot say because these are natural accidents nothing could be done about them.”

She, accordingly, called on the appropriate experts to advise on what to do when there was thunder and lightning to prevent fatalities.

She pointed out that since schools were in session and more rains were expected, children in particular could be educated on what to do when the rains began.

Dr Grant noted that because high-rise structures were the most affected by lightning, children must be told exactly how they should comport themselves during its occurrence.

Buildings are supposed to have lightning arrestors but some believe the regulation is not being strictly enforced.

Commenting on the floods in Accra which claimed seven lives, Dr Grant said the continued flooding of certain parts of the city, especially the Kwame Nkrumah Circle area, could not be tolerated and charged the City Engineer's Department of the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) to tackle the problem.

On the recent spate of road accidents and fatalities, especially those which occur on first-class roads, she said, “The time has come for drivers to be cautious on the road and not fly into the arms of death.”

Dr Grant charged the relevant bodies, including drivers and vehicle owners associations, the police and the National Road Safety Commission, to ensure that the roads were safe and not death traps.

Story by Yaw Boadu-Ayeboafoh