In line with its practice in providing succour to victims of the Boko Haram onslaught, the Borno State Government yesterday gave out N500,000 to each of the five families of the policemen who were killed on Tuesday in Maiduguri by suicide bombers.
The gifts came on the heels of discovery that about 100 persons injured in various attacks by suspected Boko Haram insurgents are currently receiving treatment in hospitals in the state capital.
The state government also yesterday volunteered to pay the medical bills of the victims of Boko Haram attacks who are currently receiving treatment in three hospitals in the state capital.
It was gathered that the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital (UMTH) has the highest number of injured persons which is 61.
The Chairman of the State Emergency Relief And Rapid Response Committee (SERARRC), Dr. Bulama Mali Gubio, announced the government’s gifts to the families of the deceased policemen and injured victims of the various attacks during a sympathy visit to the Police Commissioner, Mr. Lawal Tanko, and other victims of insurgency in various hospitals across the state.
Gubio, who also led his committee to visit hospitals in the town where the injured are being treated, sympathised with the police command over the sudden death of his gallant officers in the crisis.
He said government would do everything possible to ensure that the families of the deceased are properly assisted economically.
Gubio, while presenting cash and food items comprising assorted bags of rice, semovita among others for onward delivery to the families of the deceased, said, the gesture is to serve as palliative measures aimed at cushioning their economic hardship, pointing out that, more assistance from the state government are underway whenever Governor Kashim Shettima arrived the state from his few days official trip abroad.
He commended the efforts of the police and other security agencies in fighting insurgency and prayed Allah to grant the bereaved families the fortitude to bear the loss and the deceased eternal rest.
Responding, the state Commissioner of Police, Mr Abdullahi Yaguda, expressed gratitude to the state government for the gesture and assured that the items will be distributed to the affected families judiciously.
At the UMTH, the committee was received and briefed by the hospital’s Chief Medical Director, (CMD), Dr. Abdularahman Mohammed Tahir, who told the committee that doctors and nurses had been attending to all victims without let or hindrance, adding that some of the victims have been treated and discharged.
The committee also paid a similar visit to the state specialist Hospital in Maiduguri where they were briefed by the acting Chief Medical Director (CMD), Dr. Watila, who called for more funds to purchase drugs for the treatment of victims, as according to him, the drugs revolving fund has been over stretched.
Watila used the forum to commend Governor Kashim Shettima for providing free feeding to patients, which he said is having positive impact on patients.