Minister of state for the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Ms Olajumoke Akinjide, has assured that the administration will foot the hospital bills of the victims of the bomb blast that rocked the Abuja office of the United Nations (UN) on Friday.
The minister gave the assurance when she visited the victims at the National Hospital and Garki Hospital, respectively.
Condemning the act, the minister said, “For the FCT administration, we have told the National Hospital and the other hospitals where the victims were taken to that we will bear all the expenses necessary to nurse the victims back to health.
“That is the commitment we have given and all the assistance we can give to the victims and their families, we will.”
Answering questions from journalists on efforts the administration was making to ensure that such unfortunate incidents do not take place again in Abuja, Akinjide said the federal government was on top of the situation.
She said ,“This is a matter of national security and it is being handled at the highest level. All I can say is be rest assured that the president of the country is very concerned and we are doing all we can to ensure that this never happens again.”
Head of department, management information services at the National Hospital, Dr. Tayo Haastrup, told journalists that the 38 victims of the blast who were brought to the hospital were all responding to treatment.
He added that four of them were in the intensive care unit while a total of 14 corpses from the incident were deposited at the hospital’s morgue.
Haastrup assured that the hospital had the capacity to manage the patients, and added that the medical personnel were working round the clock to ensure that the victims were given the best care possible.