Red Cross distributes over 200 body bags
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.
President Goodluck Jonathan (second right) observing a victim of the Nyanya bomb blast at Asokoro District Hospital, Abuja yesterday.