Jos attacks: Hospital wards, mortuaries filled with victims, say doctors

Doctors in Plateau State said on Thursday that hospital wards and mortuaries in Jos North Local Government Area of Plateau State have been populated with injured persons and corpses of victims of the armed attacks in the council.

Red Cross Nigeria, in a “Save our Soul (SOS)”  message, pleaded with well-meaning individuals to “donate blood to the injured victims.

In a separate SOS, youths of the three ethnic groups in the council,  called for a proactive response by the federal and Plateau state governments, saying they had lost over 100 of their kits and kin to different attacks in the last two weeks.

The latest attack by gunmen on Tuesday in Yelwa Zangam Jos North LGA left 35 persons dead, many injured, and scores of houses burnt.

On August 15,  23 persons traveling to Osun State met their untimely death when their vehicle ran into a group of irate youths in. Gada-Biyu-Rukuba Road in the council.

The incident led to the imposition of a 24-hour  curfew   on the council   by Governor   Simon Lalong. Jos Central and Jos South were slammed with dusk to dawn curfew.

In spite of the curfew, angry youths took to the streets of  Jos on Wednesday in protest against the orgy of killings.

They  loaded the bodies of some of the 35 killed  residents of Yelwa Zangam in  trucks and headed to the Government House and the state House of Assembly to register their anger.

In a statement in Jos yesterday,  doctors under the aegis of the Nigeria Medical Association (NMA), Plateau State chapter, said they were worried by the ”physical and psychological” impacts of the attacks on residents of the state.

The  statement  by  the state NMA Chairman, Dr. Innocent Emmanuel and Secretary,   Dr. Bapiga’an William, reads: We are  deeply concerned  that the victims of these unwarranted attacks continue to  populate  hospitals’ emergency wards and mortuaries in the state.


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