A weird gas explosion which rocked Karach Market, Idemili Local Government Area of Anambra on May 3rd, 2016 has claimed the lives of seven of the victims out of thirteen persons that were critically injured and affected.
While four other victims are currently being treated at the Federal Medical Centre (FMC), Asaba, one of them, 22-year-old Ezenwan Alexender from Ogbaru Local Government Area of Anambra State is in deteriorating condition as his present state of health has begun to fail due to the horrendous degree of the burns from the gas explosion.
Expectedly, health care services at the FMC Asaba are currently suffering a setback following the strike action embarked upon by the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD).
Speaking with our correspondent, the Delta State President of NARD, Dr. Nosakhare Uwugiaren, said that the national body of the association directed the association to proceed on an indefinite strike across the country due to the inability of government to meet with their demands.
Investigation revealed that at the antenatal unit of the FMC, over fifty percent were seen waiting to see the consultants while the accident and emergency unit and outpatient department (OPD) where the gas victims, Ezenwan Alexender and others are, was desolate apart from few consultants who were busy reading and doing nothing to the gas explosion victims. Uwugiaren, speaking further, noted that last month, May 2016, NARD embarked on warning strike to drive home its demands which include payment of its members’ salaries, reversal of the undue sack of its members in some hospitals, entrenchment of a legal frame work and adequate budgetary allocation for the residency programme in line with international best practices.
And proving that the strike actions really affect patients, one of the victims of the last industrial action embarked upon by the association, Mrs. Ifeoma Okolie, lamented that her husband was on admission at the FMC Asaba and was discharged due to the strike, adding that two days after his discharge from the hospital, he developed complications and died at home.
Worse still is a 4-year-old baby boy identified Chidi Okonkwo who’ss also suffering at the FMC Asaba after the gas explosion. The little boy’s mother, reports said who was affected alongside others, died on Tuesday after a long battle to survive the serious burns from the explosion.
Speaking to our correspondent, elder brother to Ezenwan Alexender, one of the victims, Charles Ezenwan said, “The explosion took place at a restaurant in Karach Market where the victims were eating. One of the gas cookers at the kitchen exploded, leaving over twenty persons within the restaurant and outside seriously injured.