By LAIDE AKINBOADE
ABUJA – Some of the victims of the deadly Christmas Day bomb blasts at Madalla, Suleja, Vanguard can authoritatively say, have been taken to the National Hospital in Abuja.
Vanguard’s visit to the National Hospital , Sunday, revealed that 14 corpses were deposited in the mortuary while 18 people with various degree of injuries are on admission.
According to Director General of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Alhaji Mohammed Sani-Sidi, though they are yet to ascertain the number of the dead, some of the injured have been taken to University of Abuja Teaching Hospital, Aso Villa Clinic and National Hospital.
He assured Nigerians that NEMA, with other relevant agency, is still evacuating and transporting people who are in private hospitals to government-owned hospitals. He also said that the Federal Government would be responsible for treatments of the injured.
Minister of State for Health, Dr. Muhammad Ali Pate, who also visited the National Hospital refuse to speak with journalists.
A taxi driver at Nnamdi Azikwe airport, Mr. Emmanuel Obiukwu, who spoke to Vanguard, said he lost four of his children and a car in the blast. He said his wife and a daughter are on admission in the National Hospital.
Mr.Uchenna Simeon, a businessman, said he lost his mother-in-law (Eucharia) while his younger sister lost a leg with some of his relatives are still missing.
Meanwhile, doctors at the National Hospital, urged well meaning Nigerians to come out and donate blood to the victims of the blast.