Church Building Collapse: FG Deploys Medical Specialists to Akwa Ibom 

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(Last Updated On: 2016-12-15)

Sherifah Oyediran

The team of medical specialists deployed to Uyo, Akwa-Ibom state capital by health Minister, Prof Isaac Adewole to complement efforts of medical personnel already on ground has arrived University of Uyo Teaching Hospital, (UUTH).

Speaking with reporters on arrival at UUTH, leader of the 10 man team and a consultant orthopedic Surgeon from University of Lagos, Prof. Suleiman Giwa, said FG emergency team was put together by the Health Minister to offer necessary assistance and support needed for victims of the collapsed church building.

He disclosed that the team consists of two Neuro Surgeons, three Orthopaedic Surgeons, three Plastic Surgeons and two specially trained Operating room Nurses.

His words: “The unfortunate incident as you are aware did not affect only the people of Akwa Ibom but all Nigerians and the Health Minister in his wisdom raised a team of medical experts to come to Uyo and render a helping hands and bring succor to the weak, the sick and those who are in dare need of complicated surgery.”

Prof. Giwa said that team would visit all the hospitals where the victims of the tragedy were admitted and also examine them and offer useful medical suggestions where necessary to ensure that those who are sick get back to their normal life.

Giwa said: “As we are here in Akwa Ibom, we did not come empty handed we came with drugs and other medical supports to make our coming easier, and we are prepared for the task ahead.

“We have visited the University Teaching Hospital and we are now at the Ibom specialist Hospital, so far most of the patients we saw are responding to treatment which is gladdening”.

Also, UUTH’s Chief Medical Director, Prof. Etete Peters thanked the Federal Government delegation for coming to Akwa Ibom at most appropriate time and not leaving the state alone in time of sorrow.

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