‘I called thrice, my hus­band wasn’t an­swer­ing’

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Ruby Rabiu

As the scram­ble to lo­cate loved ones con­tin­ued in hos­pi­tals af­ter the blast, many rel­a­tives groped about in con­fu­sion at emer­gency wards with­out much needed in­for­ma­tion.

Forty year-old Ngozi Iloha, a mother of three, couldn’t get reach her hus­band, an em­ployee of the Abuja Ur­ban Mass Tran­sit Com­pany, even af­ter a hospi­tal worker an­swered three calls she made to her hus­band.

“I called three times. He wasn’t an­swer­ing. The fourth time, a woman an­swered and said my hus­band was at Na­tional Hospi­tal. But they didn’t al­low me to reach him. Af­ter reach­ing the hospi­tal, I just saw his face”, she said.

Chima Okere went to the Garki Hospi­tal af­ter his boss had him moved him from the Wuse Gen­eral Hospi­tal, which was overwhelmed with ca­su­al­ties. Okere, who works at a pri­vate firm at Utako, was in one of the lux­u­ri­ous buses al­most get­ting out of the Nyanya park be­fore the ex­plo­sion went off. He said he saw two hum­mer buses near the gate and won­dered what they were do­ing.

“Be­fore we moved to­wards the road, there was an ex­plo­sion,” he said from his hospi­tal bed in Garki. He sur­vived with a gash to the back of his head. “My head was torn. I man­aged to get off the bus and used my shirt to tie my head. My shirt, trousers and sin­glet are all red.”

Doc­tors who treated him said he was fit for dis­charge later yes­ter­day but af­ter a skull x-ray to as­cer­tain the ex­tent of dam­age.

“This is the sort of in­jury called ‘walk­ing wounded’,” said the hospi­tal’s chief, Dr Eli­jah Miner, not­ing that such pa­tients may sus­tain in­juries not im­me­di­ately ob­vi­ous but equally life threat­en­ing.

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