In Ghana, Kumasi residents receive President’s death with sorrow

InformAfrica – In Ghana, breaking news about the untimely death of President John Evans Atta Mills was received with shock and grief by many residents of Kumasi, InformAfrica have gathered.

Ghana News Agency in a recent report stated that news about the death of President John Evans Atta Mills was received with visible shock, resignation and grief by many in the Kumasi Metropolis.

The streets of Kumasi were unusually quiet as people stood in groups wearing mournful faces discussing the unfortunate and heart-breaking event.

Madam Grace Dufie, a retired educationist, described it as “a sad day for Ghana.”

“We need to stand together and put our differences behind us at this emotionally difficult and challenging time.”

Thomas Kwaku Kwabia, a lotto seller at Adum, said he was shattered by the sudden and unexpected passing on of the President.

He said he could not believe the news because there was an earlier report by the various FM radio stations that President Mills was on a day’s return trip to Nigeria.

The Kumasi Office of the Ghana News Agency (GNA) was inundated by calls as the news about the President’s death broke. Others also trooped in to check on the veracity of his demise.

John Evans Atta Mills of Ghana

Third President of the 4th Republic of Ghana. Photo courtesy AttaMills.org

Information about John Evans Atta Mills

According to information gathered from AttaMills.org, John Evans Atta Mills is the third President of the Fourth Republic. He is the Head of State, Head of Government and the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Republic of Ghana.

Mills was born on July 21, 1944 at Tarkwa in the Western Region of Ghana but hails from Ekumfi Otuam in the Central Region.

Mills attended Achimota Secondary School, where he completed the Advanced Level Certificate in 1963. He proceeded to the University of Ghana, Legon where he received a Bachelor’s Degree and Professional Certificate in Law in 1967. While earning the PhD in Oriental and African Studies from the University of London at the age of 27, Mills was selected as a Fulbright Scholar at Stanford Law School (USA).  At the time of his death, he was married to Ernestina Naadu Mills, and had a son, Sam Kofi Atta Mills. He is the first Ghanaian head of state to die in office.

John Evans Atta Mills Illness/Cause of Death

Many in online community forums and social media sites have been asking “how did president John Evans Atta Mills die?” or “what caused the death of Ghana’s president?” Those that tend to ask this questions are curious to know what was responsible for Atta Mills death and to also amp themselves with information on how to prevent such illness. Well, according to news report, President Atta Mills was suffering from throat cancer also known as vocal cord cancer, laryngeal cancer, or cancer of the glottis.

Information from Wikipedia states that Mills died on 24 July 2012 at the 37 Military Hospital in Accra, just three days after his 68th birthday. Though the cause of death was not immediately released, he had been suffering from throat cancer and had recently been to the U.S. for medical reasons. His office announced the death with a statement that read: “It is with a heavy heart that we announce the sudden and untimely death of the president of the republic of Ghana.” It also added that he died hours after being taken ill. A presidential aide said that he had complained of pains the day prior to his death.

Throat cancer is a very rare disease, which explains why there aren’t that much information on the web about the disease compared to other common forms of cancer such as breast, skin, or pancreatic cancer. However, information gathered from the U.S National Institute of Health, states that people who smoke or use tobacco excessively are at risk of developing throat cancer.

As at now, it is unclear what type of treatment President John Evans Atta Mills underwent during his visits to the U.S for the cancer treatment, but this type of cancer in the United States is usually treated by radiation therapy, chemotherapy, or surgery. Radiation therapy has many side effects and is not the best therapy for cancer treatment. Radiation itself is a potential cause of cancer, and secondary malignant tumors have been found in a minority of patients some years after they have received radiation treatment, according to information gathered on the web.

May the soul of John Evans Atta Mills rest in peace. Long live Ghana Black stars.

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