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Victims of Abuja building collapse laud Wike for settling medical bills



Some victims of the building that collapsed on Wednesday in Abuja, have commended the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Nyesom Wike, for settling their medical bills.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that a two-story building located at Lagos Street, Garki Village collapsed on Wednesday, killing two with 37 others evacuated to different hospitals for treatment.

Wike, who visited the scene on Thursday directed the Federal Capital Territory Administration to settle all the medical bills of the victims, receiving treatment in different hospitals in the FCT.

Responding to the gesture, the victims said that they were well taken care of since the minister’s declaration that their medical bills would be paid by the government.

They stated this when government officials, led by Mr Malan Haruna, acting Secretary, Health and Human Services Secretariat, Federal Capital Territory Administration visited them in hospitals on Saturday.

One of the victims, Mr Abdullahi Modibbo, receiving treatment at Asokoro District Hospital, Abuja, said he has not paid any amount following the minister’s declaration.

Modibbo thanked the minister for the support, which he described as “life saving”, adding that health workers were taking very good care of him.

“I was in my room on the first floor when the building collapsed on Wednesday night. I was trying to help myself when a boulder fell on my leg, causing a fracture.

“I am happy with the prompt response of government agencies who evacuated us and took us to the hospital for treatment, and now they have offered to pay all our bills. I am truly grateful,” he said.

The Chief Nursing Officer at the hospital, Mrs Aishatu Tenebe, said that eight victims were brought to the facility of which seven were treated and discharged.

Another victim Mr Garba Nagoma, at Cedarcrest Hospital Gwarinpa, was elated when he learned that his hospital bills would be settled by the government on the directive of the government.

Nagoma said that his brother has already paid N500,000 to the hospital as the first bill.