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Abuja blast: Woman faints on hearing colleague’s death

There was confusion at the Wuse General Hospital, Zone 3, Abuja on Tuesday as employees from the Bank of Agriculture rushed in one of their colleagues who fainted after she was informed of the death of an ex-staff of the firm.

It was learnt that Mrs. Hilda Shaka collapsed immediately the news of the death of an ex-employee, Jonathan John, was announced in their office on Tuesday morning.

Efforts to resuscitate her at her place of work yielded no result, a development that made other employees of the firm to rush her down to the general hospital where she was admitted.

Our correspondent gathered that John, who was recently laid off by the BOA, was critically injured in the Nyanya bomb blast that rocked a motor park in Abuja on Monday morning.

He was admitted in the Wuse General Hospital and was being treated by medical personnel at the facility but gave up the ghost on Tuesday morning.

A staff of BOA told our correspondent that many employees of the firm visited the hospital on Monday, while some others stayed and prayed for John’s recovery.

The staff, who pleaded not to be named, said, “Two of our colleagues were involved in yesterday’s (Monday) bomb explosion in Nyanya and their cases were severe. Some of us have been here since yesterday hoping that they will recover, but after series of medical attention on John, he still couldn’t make it.

“When Mrs. Shaka heard of John’s death, she fainted. We thought it was a joke, but after spending so much time trying to revive her without any success, we decided to rush her here. Thank God she is recovering.”

Families of victims were seen in large numbers at the hospital. Some of the victims were discharged while most of them were still receiving treatment.

The Secretary of the hospital, who simply gave his name as Mr. Tobi, told our correspondent that about three patients were discharged, while many others were still admitted.

He stated that the corpses of victims that were brought to the hospital on Monday had been moved to Garki Hospital as a result of space constraint in Wuse.

“About three persons with minor injuries have been discharged while those severely injured are still being treated,” Tobi said.

At the Intensive Care Unit of the hospital, our correspondent saw two ladies that were severely injured and whose conditions were very critical.

Although one of the patients had been stabilised, it was observed that one of her legs was amputated.

It was also learnt that many victims at the Wuse hospital were still in critical condition and that was why the National Emergency Management Agency pleaded with Nigerians to donate blood.

When contacted, the officer in charge of the ICU, Mrs. Rindam Manko, said, “There are more patients whose conditions are critical. We only have two here because there are limited spaces to take all that was brought to this hospital.”

On whether people had started donating blood for victims, Manko stated that the ICU had received adequate samples for those in its care.

She said, “Our laboratory has been providing us with enough blood and I cannot tell whether the samples were donated willingly by Nigerians who want to assist.”

Manko however noted that Nigerians had been showing support to the injured victims by making financial donations whenever they visited the hospitalised persons.

Our correspondent saw family members of the critically injured ladies being treated at the ICU. The soberly looking relatives prayed for the quick recovery of their wards and urged the government to strategically address the havoc wreaked by extremists.

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