National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, on Saturday stated that the Federal Government would provide medical items to aid the speedy recovery of victims of the Nnewi gas explosion.
South-East Coordinator of NEMA, Mr. James Eze, said this after visiting victims of the explosion at the National Orthopedic Hospital, Enugu, and University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital, UNTH, Ituku-Ozalla, Enugu State.
The explosion, which occurred last week Thursday, led to the death of six persons while several others sustained burns.
Eze said that the government would further equip the Regional Burn Centre at the National Orthopedic Hospital in Enugu.
“NEMA commends the staff of both federal hospitals for their commitment to duty even in this festive season.
“The three victims in the Regional Burn Centre at the National Orthopedic Hospital, Enugu, and the pregnant victim at the Intensive Care Unit of UNTH are in stable condition and responding to treatment.
“ The agency would assist these health institutions with medical items to improve their services as well as help in the speedy recovery of these victims, especially those at the burn centre,’’ he said.
Anambra State Commissioner for Health, Dr Joe Akabuike, who also visited the victims, said Governor Willie Obiano sent him to reassure the hospitals that the state government would pay the medical bills of the patients.
“Governor Obiano is deeply concerned and had also sent me to give him up-to-date information on the condition of the victims sent to the two federal referral hospitals in Enugu.
“ Thank God all the victims are doing well and worthy of note is the pregnant victim, who is now conscious and responding very well to treatment,’’ Akabuike said.
Chief Medical Director of the National Orthopaedic Hospital, Enugu, Dr. C. U. Nwadinigwe, assured the agency and the Anambra government that the victims would be given the best medical care. NAN

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…Atiku mourns Nnewi gas disaster victims
Meanwhile, former Vice President and chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Atiku Abubakar has expressed deep shock over the gas factory fire in Nnewi, Anambra State, which claimed scores of lives and destroyed properties.
In a press statement released by his media office in Abuja on Saturday, 26 December, the former Vice President said that the accident is the more agonizing because it came at a time when the victims like other Nigerians were looking forward to celebrating with their families and friends at the Yuletide and Eid-el-Maulud celebrations.
He recalled that Nnewi in Anambra State has recently been growing as a busy and dynamic commercial and industrial enclave, boosting the economy of the nation and providing employment for its teeming population.
According to him, the economic progress being witnessed in the area is one that every patriotic Nigerian and the Federal Government wishes and supports for other towns in the country. He said the unfortunate and grim gas fire accident should not be allowed to dampen the enthusiasm and entrepreneurial drive of the people towards industrialization and progress.
He therefore called on the state and local governments, business community, and entrepreneurs in the area to take the issue of industrial safety and accident prevention and management seriously.
The Turaki Adamawa noted that accidents like the one that took place at the Inter Corp Oil Limited gas facility is a fact of life in industrial and industrializing societies and called for more vigilance and readiness among agencies in the emergency sector of the economy.
The former Vice President extended his heartfelt condolence to the families and relations of the victims, the Anambra State government, people and Nigerians at large and prayed for the peaceful repose of the soul of the victims while expressing the hope that such a gruesome accident would not happen again.

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