Lack of medical supplies at the Yola specialist Hospital is hampering the treatment of victims of Tuesday’s bomb blast at a tipper garage in Yola, the Adamawa State capital.
The National Emergency management Agency confirmed that 32 persons died from the blast while 80 persons were injured.
The injured were taken to the Federal Medical Centre and Yola Specialist Hospital, a state-owned hospital.
PREMIUM TIMES checks at the Hospital on Wednesday showed that most of those conveyed to the Hospital could not receive needed treatment due to lack of medical supplies.
One of the victims seen on his Hospital bed said he was only given “two tablets and one injection since last night”.
“Since they brought me yesterday, I was just given Tetanus injection and two tablets of Paracetamol,” he told this newspaper as he writhed in pains. “You can see blood is still dripping from my wounds.”
Another victim said, “After I paid one thousand naira, they did an x-ray and said there is a metal inside my wound, however, nothing has happened since then”.
The victims requested not to be named for fear of victimization from relevant authorities.
A woman whose three daughters were affected by the blast told PREMIUM TIMES only cotton wool was applied to her daughters’ injuries, as there was no enough medical supply.
“They just put cotton wool on the injuries and use masking tapes because they ran out of bandage. There was also no iodine to treat the wounds, only God can help us,” she said.
Speaking further, the woman said she had to pay N8000 to “get the wounds cleaned” adding x-ray done on her daughters showed “there is a foreign object inside the chest of one of them”.
The woman added that she was given a list of drugs buy from a nearby pharmacy for treatment to continue.
This newspaper gathered that the Speaker of Adamawa State House of Assembly on Wednesday led some of the lawmakers on a visit to the victims of the blast.
Victims said the lawmaker did not, however, make any pledge of assistance on behalf of the state government.
Meanwhile, Governor Mohammed Jibrilla, who was in Abuja when the blast occurred, has returned to the state and has also visited victims at the two hospitals they are receiving treatment.
The governor lamented the attack, coming a month after a similar one claimed many lives at a mosque in the state.
“We as a government are doing everything possible to nip any attack,” the governor said. “We need your support because these bad people live within us.”
The governor also assured the victims that he would do his best to ameliorate their suffering and “take care of the bills”.
When contacted, the state commissioner of Information, Ahmad Sajoh, said there might have been short supply of medical aid last night, but that relevant agencies had already stepped in to ameliorate the situation.
“This is an emergency that no one saw coming, but immediately after it happened, the Permanent Secretary of the State Emergency management Agency and the official of NEMA as well as myself rushed to drug stores to get more supplies,” he said.
Mr. Sajoh also said the supplies in the Hospitals were overstretched due to the high number of casualties.
He also said most of the injured were taken to the Federal Medical Centre, while only a few were admitted to the Specialist hospital.