-Blank NEWS Online (NIGERIA) -Edited by Albert OGRAKA:
Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State has reached to the Friday gas explosion in Agbor and has officially confirmed on Saturday, that “We lost four persons, three children and a woman.’
He however noted there were plans to liaise with the State House of Assembly to come up with a law regulating siting of gas plants.
The Governor told newsmen after visiting the plant, affected property and families of victims of the incident that:
“It was an unfortunate fire incident involving a gas station where the tanker was trying to discharge gas.
“We have visited the place and the victims and we have seen the extent of damage caused by the inferno.
“We lost four persons, three children and a woman.
“After my visit to the two families that lost their dear ones, I also visited the Central Hospital at Agbor where they were initially rushed to with varying degrees of burn ranging from 80 to 90 per cent.
“They were immediately offered medical services even though they wouldn’t have been able to attend to them because of the extent of the burns so they have to transfer them to the Federal Medical Centre Asaba and the University of Benin Teaching Hospital with the aid of ambulances provided by the state government.
“I have directed the Commissioner for Health to make some deposits at the hospitals to enable them have full treatment,” he said.
“I have listened and heard the complaints. Haven listened to the Medical Director and the extent to which they went, obviously the patients had severe and extensive burns.
“Any burn that is above 30 per cent is a major burn and we are talking about 80 to 90 per cent burns here.
“So they needed to be moved to UBTH, a specialised centre for the treatment of burns. When you have such a degree of burns many hospitals will not accept them because the survival rate is low.”