April 17, 2024

late Flight Sergeant Armah Nii Okai Mensah Alfred

Sixty-seven individuals collapsed during the 67th Independence anniversary celebration parade in Koforidua, Eastern Region, marking a somber turn in what was supposed to be a day of national pride and unity. Among the collapsed attendees was a military officer from the Ghana Air Force, whose passing has cast a shadow over the festivities.

The incident unfolded as participants gathered to commemorate Ghana’s independence, with many enduring the scorching heat and intense weather conditions. As temperatures soared, the harsh environment took its toll, leading to widespread cases of dehydration and heat-related illnesses.

Prompt medical attention was provided to the collapsed individuals by on-site doctors, but tragically, the condition of Flight Sergeant Armah Nii Okai Mensah Alfred deteriorated rapidly. Despite efforts to stabilize him, the officer succumbed to his illness, leaving behind a profound sense of loss among his colleagues and the community.

“F/Sgt. Armah was the Supernumerary for the Air Force Male Contingent on parade during the 67th Independence Day,” the Force stated.

The Air Force, in a statement announcing the passing of the young officer, added that he was a “hardworking, respectful and professional Airman.”

“He was diligent and highly proficient in his chosen career and his absence would be sorely missed.”
Meanwhile, a delegation led by Chief Staff Officer Air Commodore Eric Yirenkyi visited the deceased’s family on Thursday, March 7, 2024, to officially relay the news. F/Sgt. Armah’s body was later received at the Air Force Base in Accra.

Reports indicated that the extreme heat and prolonged exposure to the sun contributed to the health crises experienced by participants. Despite the alarming situation, paramedics and medical personnel worked tirelessly to provide immediate assistance, ultimately managing to revive all 67 individuals who collapsed.

The incidents serve as a stark reminder of the risks associated with mass gatherings, particularly under adverse weather conditions for longer hours.

As Ghana continues to commemorate its independence and celebrate national pride, there is an urgent need to prioritize the safety and well-being of all participants. Adequate precautionary measures must be in place to mitigate risks and ensure the protection of individuals attending such events.

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