Onitsha Asaba Park Calamity: Surviving Victims Responding to Treatment …NEMA



From Nweke Nweke, Awka

Barely five (5) days after the commercial city of Onitsha, Anambra State witnessed what could be better described as black Sunday following the tragedy that befell the state via the ramming of a tanker conveying petroleum product, which consumed many lives, leaving many others in a state of  agony, National Emergency Management Agency(NEMA) and State Emergency Management Agency SEMA visited  various hospitals where the surviving affected victims of the inferno were receiving treatment said that the affected persons are responding to treatment.

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The team made up of the Coordinators of NEMA and SEMA, Major James Eze, and Chief  Paul Odenigbo respectively visited Bex, Boromeo, Toronto, Menaex and General Hospitals all in Onitsha only to confirmed that they are impressed on the quick recovery of the people that were affected in the accident.

At Bex Memroial Hospital, the visitors were thrown into shock when they visited one Mr. James Onoha, a native of Ehime-Mbano in Imo State who had all his skin piled off as a result of the fire burnt. The visitors lauded the management of the hospital for battling to survive the victim even without waiting to see any one to deposit for his medical bill.

When the team of the Emergency Management experts visited Boromeo Hospital, Onitsha, the management of the Catholic Hospital seems not to be friendly with their visitors. It was gathered that one of the victims referred to them from Toronto was rejected on the ground that they have no enough equipment to tackle the case, not minding milliions of Naira sunk in the hospital by the immedidate past governor of Anambra State, Chief Peter Obi

NEMA/SEMA’s visit to Menaex Hospital, aimed at ascertaining the level of the response of the victims, medical wise revealed that one Godwin Nwibo form Izzi in Ebonyi State who was brought to the hospital at 45% degree fire burnt was responding to treatment as he was able to answer questions put across to him by the government officials.

Rounding up their visit at outdated looking General Hospital Onitsha, the Chief Consultant Medical Officer, Dr. (Mrs) Mercy Ebelechukwu said they received non of the surviving victims but confirmed that thirty-five (35) corpse were deposited in the Government owned  Hospital.

Addressing newsmen at the end of the exercise, Major Eze who led the team said they were in Anambra State to see things themselves. He expressed joy that the doctors in the state lived up to the ethics of the medical profession by admitting the surviving victims as well as receiving the Dead On Arrival (DOA) without first asking for money.

Dr. Prince Emeka Eze who spoke on behalf of the hospitals, thanked the Executive Governor of Anambra State, Dr. Willie Obiano for offsetting the bills of the surviving victims, describing the Governor’s gesture as a sign of good governance in Anambra State. He also extended his gratitude to the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, President Mohammed Buhari for commiserating with affected families, the Governor and the people of Anambra State on the last Sunday tragedy even as he prayed God to grant the departed soul an everlasting rest. He however confirmed it that 29 Dead On Arrival was received by his hospital



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