‘My brother cannot be in the morgue’
Many people rushed to the emergency ward of the Maitama General Hospital after scores of victims were taken there. Several of them asked for their relatives but were later seen walking slowly towards the morgue with bowed heads.
A man who gave his name as Isaac said, “I got a call that my brother was involved in the accident. I have checked the emergency ward but he is not there, (sighs) but I am not in a hurry to go to the morgue, my brother cannot be there”, he said.
When asked if he had checked other hospitals, Isaac said with blood-shot eyes: “I went to Asokoro, Wuse and now I am in Maitama, a friend checked the National hospital and Nyanya, this is my last bus stop, I am waiting for my friend to come so we can check together”. At the time this reporter was leaving the hospital, his friend had not come, but he was milling around the morgue, not really sure of going in to check his brother, or to leave.
A source at the emergency ward said victims were brought in long buses, and the hospital personnel had no choice but to set up temporary wards outside the emergency ward due to the large number of casualties. He added that the large number made the hospital authorities to refer five of them to the Gwagwalada General Hospital and the National Hospital.