From Tom Garba,Yola
The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has donated drugs and assorted medical consumables to three hospitals currently treating some victims of bomb blasts in Yola, Adamawa State.
Presenting the medical support and assistance to the three hospitals namely, Federal Medical Centre, Specialist Hospital and Peace Hospital in Yola, the state capital on Wednesday, State Coordinator of NEMA Alhaji Saad Bello, said the gesture was meant to supplement the effort of these hospitals, which have been offering free medical assistance to victims of bomb blast in the state.
Bello told journalists at the Peace Hospital in Yola, shortly after the presentation that the idea was to prepare ahead of any eventuality of future bomb blast or disaster, adding that usually when bomb blast occurred the hospitals taking in the victims run short of drugs and medical consumables.
He added that these bomb attacks usually happened in the night, hence his organization decided to provide drugs to equip the hospitals responding to the free treatment of the victims of bomb blast so that when the blast occurred these hospitals have enough drugs to cater for wounded victims.
Bello explained that the gesture was also to encourage the hospitals to continue the free medical services they have been rendering to victims of bomb blast.
“The bomb blast usually affect large number of people and the hospitals responsible for the treatment of the bomb blast victims needed to be equipped so as to cater for large number of the injured,” he said.
He said he was donating the items on behalf of the Director General of NEMA Alhaji Muhammad Sani Sidi who was supposed to come in person to do the donations and sympathy with victims of the blast, but was absent due to some unavoidable circumstances beyond his control.
Bello said the DG called on other Nigerians to emulate the owner of the Peace Hospital in Yola who have been providing free medical assistance to victims of bomb blast in the state without asking for money.
For victims of the Tuesday bomb blast that rocked the state last week, Bello said the casualty figures were 34 dead and 80 injured adding that 45 of those injured have been discharged from hospitals.
Receiving the drugs, the Medical Director of Federal Medical Centre, Yola, Prof. Mohammad Abubakar Awaal said the gift would go a long way of supporting victims of bomb blast.
Also receiving the drugs, the Medical Director and owner of the Peace Hospital, Dr Niyi Oriolouwo, said the gesture was a welcome development adding that his hospital provides free medical assistance as part of it social responsibility to the state.
From Tom Garba,Yola