National Emergency Management Authority, NEMA, at the weekend donated assorted drugs valued at several millions of Naira to the various hospitals where the victims of Onitsha recent petrol tanker fire disaster are receiving treatment in Anambra state.
It would be recalled that no fewer than 40 people, including a pregnant woman and some kids, were among those burnt badly by the fire disaster, which occurred at the Asaba motor park, along Upper Iweka Road in, Onitsha, Anambra recently. Presenting the drugs to the five hospitals in Onitsha, Director- General of NEMA, Alhaji Mohammed Sani Sidi, explained that the gesture was aimed at assisting the Doctors, in saving the lives of the surviving victims.
Represented by the Director, in- charge of relief at the agency’s headquarters, Abuja, Mr. Eugene Eze, the NEMA helmsman, stated that “we want to encourage the hospitals with these drugs and medical consumables for the speedy recovering of the victims”
He said: “NEMA Sympathizes with families of the victims, we share in the pains and agony they are passing through, and want to use this opportunity to commend Doctors of the various hospitals where they are being treated for their efforts towards saving their lives.”
The D-G, was accompanied by the South East zonal Coordinator of NEMA, Major James Eze, and his South West counterpart, Dr. Bandele Onimode, as well as Executive Director, Anambra state Emergency Management Agency, ASEMA, Chief Paul Odenigbo.
Shortly after the presentation, Sidi and his team, paid a courtesy visit to Governor Willie Obiano, at the governor’s lodge, where he sympathised with him, just as he stressed the need for state governments in the south east zone to strengthen their various SEMAS.
In his brief remarks, Governor Obiano, who expressed appreciation to NEMA, for the intervention, had advocated the provision of modern fire fighting trucks across states in the country by the federal government, adding that it would go a long way in complementing the state owned ones.
Some of the benefiting hospitals include, Menax, Toronto, Bex, General, amongst others.

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