Red Cross dis­trib­utes over 200 body bags

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Judd Leonard Okafor

The Nige­rian Red Cross yes­ter­day said it dis­trib­uted over 200 body bags to var­i­ous hos­pi­tals in Abuja af­ter the Nyanya blast.

The Co­or­di­na­tor, Pro­grammes, Umar Ab­dul Mariga, said they vis­ited var­i­ous hos­pi­tals in­clud­ing the Gen­eral Hos­pi­tals in Garki, Wuse, Maitama and the Na­tional hospi­tal to as­sess their needs, and do­nated drugs and dress­ing ma­te­ri­als to en­able them take care of vic­tims.

He added that the Nige­rian Red Cross was work­ing to­gether with the In­ter­na­tional Red Cross to see that re­lief ma­te­ri­als were dis­trib­uted to ar­eas where they were needed. Mariga said most of the mor­tu­ar­ies in the hos­pi­tals were filled to ca­pac­ity and could not ac­cept more bod­ies, adding that the ca­su­alty level was quite high. “This is un­for­tu­nate in­deed”, he said.

He how­ever pointed out that the bod­ies from the blast scene were not the only ones that filled up the morgues, say­ing NEMA asked that bod­ies be moved to the State House clinic morgue.

When Daily Trust vis­ited the Maitama Gen­eral Hospi­tal, sev­eral bod­ies were be­ing put into body bags while rel­a­tives who iden­ti­fied their loved ones were mak­ing ar­range­ments to col­lect them.

PHOTO: FELIX ONIG­BINDE

Pres­i­dent Good­luck Jonathan (sec­ond right) ob­serv­ing a vic­tim of the Nyanya bomb blast at Asokoro District Hospi­tal, Abuja yes­ter­day.

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