160 Church Worshipers Die: NMA Calls For Urgent Blood Donations (Photos)

December 12, 2016 / Alonge Michael / Flames From The Web / Add Comment »

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About 100 people perished yesterday morning at Akwa Ibom, Uyo based Christian gathering, Reigners Bible Church, following the collapse of the new church building during a special service attended by Governor Udom Emmanuel with a large entourage comprising his deputy, Mr Moses Ekpo and many senior officials of the state government.

The governor escaped death by the whiskers but some of his aides were not so fortunate. The special service was meant to be a memorable day for the spiritual head of the church, Pastor Akaninyene Urua, who was to be consecrated a bishop before the tragic and horrendous incident happened, killing scores and leaving hundreds injured.

Pastor Urua’s consecration, which would have marked the fitting and glorious end of the church’s four-day special programme tagged, The Oil of Greatness, was scheduled to hold at 10am in the new auditorium of the church, said to have been hurriedly finished to meet up with the event.

We gathered that over 160 Nigerians lost their lives in this ugly incident. 160 persons! Oh my God!

Will this matter be swept under the carpet like the one of T.B Joshua’s Synagogue, where over 100 people equally lost their lives?

Will this government sleep over it, show up at the venue and put up a plastic smile like former President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan did? The international community is watching. These avoidable deaths are getting too many!

This is the official number of casualties as reported by the Nigeria Medical Association (NMA)

On behalf of all the Medical and Dental Practitioners under the auspices of the Nigerian Medical Association(MMA), Akwa Ibom State branch, I wish to commiserate with all the families of those who lost their loved ones during and after the collapse of the Reigners Bible Church building on 10th December 2016.

I also share in the grief, pains, frustrations and suffering of all the survivors who had incurred one form of injury or the other.

Indeed this is a very trying and difficult moment for all of us as our state has never been faced by a disaster of this magnitude with attendant huge casualties.

As patriots, we have to rise to the occasion by being our brothers’ keepers and lending a helping hand to those in need.

I therefore, wish to sincerely commend all the members of the NIGERIAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION (NMA), AKWA IBOM STATE BRANCH, for heeding the call to selfless service as expressed in the prompt and timely response that has saved so many lives.

The response team led by a past Chairman of the association, DR JOHN UDOBANG, has done a good job in ensuring that victims of this very unfortunate disaster are well catered for and treated at the various health facilities in the state.

Reports from the University of Uyo Teaching Hospital (UUTH) show that 21 people were Brought In Dead (BID), while 2 out of the 23 that were undergoing treatment died due mainly to severe bleeding (One of the victims is reported to have been transfused with 9 pints of blood).

I also wish to express our sincere gratitude to all those who have heeded our clarion call to donate blood. More blood is still needed. The number of lives your pint of blood will save can’t be underestimated.

I also call on all the survivors who had suffered any form of trauma to report to the various health facilities for proper medical examination as blunt injuries could lead to internal bleeding and avoidable deaths.

In conclusion, I assure all the members of the public, that as a responsible and proactive association, we will not rest on our oars until all the lives of the survivors are saved and they are discharged from the hospitals back to their families.

Lastly, I pray God to grant the families of all those who lost their lives the fortitude to bear the loss

And may the souls of the faithful departed, Rest in Perfect Peace (RIP).

Amen.

DR ANIEKEME ANIEFIOK UWAH (JP)

CHAIRMAN, NMA

AKWA IBOM STATE BRANCH AND SOUTH-SOUTH ZONE

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