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18.11.2008 Social News

Tsatsu Is Sick

By Daily Guide

TSATSU TSIKATA, the former Chief Executive of the Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC) currently serving a five-year jail-term at the Nsawam Medium Prisons was last Sunday admitted to the National Cardiothoracic Center of the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital for reportedly having an asthmatic attack on Saturday.

As at yesterday dawn when DAILY GUIDE arrived at the hospital, Mr. Tsikata was still on his sick bed at the Intensive Care Unit of the Cardio Center and had a number of his family members and Prison Wardens hovering around.

Family members, friends and sympathizers except his mother were barred from visiting him.

Fui Tsatsu, a senior brother of Tsatsu said only their aged mother was allowed to see the patient, stressing that she had given the assurance that he was responding to treatment and that his condition was stable.

Fui Tsatsu narrated further that his brother had an asthmatic attack while in his prison room on Saturday and was sent to the Nsawam Government Hospital on Sunday before he was rushed to  the 37 Military Hospital in Accra.

He said after a series of consultations, Mr. Tsikata was referred to the Cardio Center of the Korle Bu Hospital on Sunday evening.

As at 6:00 am yesterday, two prison wardens with one having a long-barreled gun strapped to his back, were on guard at the main entrance of the Cardio Center.

About four hours later, DAILY GUIDE counted about a dozen more prison wardens with some being senior officers.

Earlier on Madam Esther Cobbah, wife of the incarcerated former GNPC boss, was spotted leaving the center; and so was the Member of Parliament for Prampram, Enock Teye Mensah.

Later, Dr. Mark Mawutor Tettey, a Cardio Surgeon at the centre told DAILY GUIDE that Tsikata was responding to treatment.

Dr. Tettey who declined to give further details about Mr. Tsikata's ailment, said Tsatsu could be discharged by the close of the week depending on his condition.

Mr. Tsikata's incarceration had been greatly politicized by the National Democratic Congress (NDC) and leading members of the party, including its founder, Jerry Rawlings, who had described Tsatsu as a political prisoner.

By Halifax Ansah-Addo & Grace Dartey