The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) yesterday 30th October, 2012 at about 10am embarked on rapid assessment of hospitals for the second day running to ascertain the conditions of victims of the recent Kaduna bomb attack which occurred at the St. Rita’s Catholic Church, Ungwar Yero, Malali, Kaduna.
Having carried the assignment successfully, the agency has confirmed that 7 people including the suicide bomber lost their lives while 55 victims are still on admission at seven medical centers while almost 90 victims has been discharged.
The initial death toll of 8 released by the NEMA was as a result of a corpse that was double counted; when the agency team visited Garkuwa hospital the body of the deceased was at the hospital at the time and was later deposited at the Barau Dikko Hospital morgue were the corpse was still unknowingly counted. Among the dead persons are 18 years old Miss Laraba Sule of No 13 River Close, Ungwar Yero and 32-years old Mr. Bitrus Audu of No 6 Birnin Gwari Road, Ungwar Yero, Malali Kaduna, the two corpses and the body of the attacker were taken to the 44 Army Reference Hospital.
Information gathered from the visited clinics indicates many of the victims are likely to be discharge soon while two victims who are currently in intensive care were referred to the Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital (ABUTH) Shika, Zaria and the National Eye Centre, Mando in Kaduna.
As of 3:35pm on Tuesday, Barau Dikko Specialist Hospital has the highest number of admitted victims with 22 people followed by 44 Army Reference and St. Gerards Catholic Hospitals each having 12 victims, Garkuwa hospital 5 victims, Yusuf Dantsoho 2 while ABUTH and Eye Centre has 1 each on admission.