Ghana’s Ambassador to Turkey, Francisca Ashitey-Odunton says her outfit is yet to locate which hospital Black Stars winger Christian Atsu is receiving treatment after he was pulled out of the rubble on Tuesday.
A devastating earthquake measuring 7.8 on the Ritcher scale in the early hours of Monday hit Turkey and parts of Syria which claimed over 7000 lives.
After many hours of searching for Atsu, his teammates and the technical director of the team he plays for in Turkey, it was confirmed by Atsu’s Manager, Mr. Abdul Hayye Yartey, that the former Chelsea and Newcastle player was pulled out of the debris on Tuesday.
However, Madam Ashitey-Odunton said the Embassy does not know which hospital he was transported to due to the current confusion in the country.
“We’re yet to establish contact with Christian Atsu because of the confusion around, but we know he’s been pulled out of the rubble and sent to the hospital.”
“But we don’t know which particular hospital he’s been sent to. We’re working with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in locating his hospital and the ministry has assured me that they’ll find him”.
She said efforts are being put in place to evacuate Ghanaians stranded in Istanbul to Ankara for safety.
“What we’re doing is that we together with the Ghanaian community are getting Ghanaians who are stranded in Istanbul and Ankara. I must say members of the Ghanaian community have been very accommodating,” the Ghana Ambassador to Turkey said.
In a related development, Atsu’s Manager called for continued prayers for the 31-year-old for his total recovery.
The skilful player signed for Hatayspor in September 2022 and managed to get his first goal for the club when his side beat Kasimpasa 1-0 over the weekend.