Monday, 1 December 2014

Kano bomb blast victims ‘in dire need of blood’

The federal government has promised to supply hospitals in Kano with blood to help save the lives of victims of Friday’s bomb blast that rocked the city.
Many victims of the attack are currently being treated at the Murtala Muhammad Specialist Hospital, Nassarawa Hospital, Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital, Dala Orthopedic Hospital and various hospitals in the state.

Musa Ilallah, the north-west coordinator of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), said the ministry of health had directed its officials to supply blood from its blood bank in Katsina.

“We went round the hospitals to assess the conditions of those who are receiving treatment and we were informed that what they needed most is blood and consumables,” he said.

“I spoke with officials of the federal ministry of health and they have assured me that they will mobilise blood bank in Katsina to supply blood to the hospitals.”

He added that the ministry had also promised to supply drugs and other needed consumables from Abuja.

Ilallah commended the Kano state government for providing needed materials for the treatment of injured persons in the hospitals.

On his part, Kabir Maso-Kano, executive secretary of the Kano state hospitals management board, said lack of consumables was hindering the treatment of the victims. He however commended Kano residents for visiting hospitals to donate blood for the victims.

On Saturday, Muhammad Sanusi, the emir of Kano, condemned the attack, saying the aim of the perpetrators was to prevent people from worshipping at the mosque but he vowed that they would not succeed.

“We will never be intimidated into abandoning our religion, which is the intention of the attackers,” he said.

More than 100 people were killed on Friday when suicide bombers attacked the Ado Bayero central mosque in Kano, during Juma’at service.

Source: | TheCable