From EZEKIEL DONTINNA, Quan-Pan

The Senator representing Plateau South Senatorial District, Ignatius Datong Longjan, has sympathized with the people of Namu Community of Quan-Pan LGA in Plateau State, over the recent fire incident that engulfed St. Vigilius Memorial Hospital Namu, destroying drugs and medical equipment worth millions of naira.

Sen. Longjan who was at the scene of the unfortunate incident yesterday, to inspect the level of damage also commiserated with community in Namu saying, “we are coming here to see it ourselves and assess the degree of damage done by the unfortunate fire incident. As you can see, it is a very serious calamity and worse because this is where sick people were receiving treatment”.

“But it is unfortunate that the disaster as you can see, has caused a lot of damage and the effect now is without discrimination. It is something that we just have to come together and work out a solution. I am not saying as an individual, I will do it, but collectively, we can do it. It is affecting everybody; the hospital is not for Catholics alone, but everybody.

“We thank God that there is no serious casualty and you know the hospital makes referrals to either Lafia or Shendam when there are cases it cannot handle. Now, with this disaster, there is nothing left for them, so, we just have to put our heads together and see how to rebuilt the hospital so that, it can come back to how it was. That is just the only way out” he averred.

The lawmaker however appealed to government, their representatives and spirited sons and daughters of the zone to come together and rebuild the hope of this community who are now left with no hope, especially when the hospital comes out with the cost implication to rebuild, describing the incident as very sad.

Responding, the Parish Priest of St. John-Bosco Catholic Church, Namu, Rev. Fr. Mathew Chanshilip, thanked the Senator for the show of love and concern to them and promised to, as a community, do what they could do to start something as they await whatever contribution that might come from any quarters for them to start again.

On her part, the Hospital Administrator, Rev. Sr. Janet Waziri, said, “the incident happened on August 22, 2019 as a result of an electric spark from their solar system leading to the explosion of their solar battery.

She disclosed that “the pharmacy department where there are drugs, the scanning Room, the delivery Room, accident and emergency room, data room and card room were all burnt down”.

THE NIGERIA STANDARD reports that, the burnt hospital before this unfortunate incident has been accommodating 30-40 patients a day on admission, including delivery, but the remaining part of it could only receive two deliveries per day.

Our Correspondent reports that Sen. Longjan, later proceeded to the Headquarters of Shendam Local Government Area to sympathize with the people of the area over the recent flood incident that destroyed farmlands in five communities as he was received by the Council’s Deputy Chairman Hon. William Titlong on behalf of the Chairman.

While presenting the report of the committee set up by the chairman to assess the level damage to Sen. Longjan, the Deputy Chairman, said the communities affected were Dokan-Tofa, Angwan Rina, Angwan Dadi, Shimankar and Kalong respectively, saying crops amounting to N70 million were destroyed and expressed delight that the Senator’s visit was an indication of his good leadership style and love for his people.

Sen. Longjan, thereafter, visited the village Head of Kalong in Dorok District HRH Gabriel Sallah and that of Dokan Tofa District, HRH. James Langkwap to show his sympathy to them over the unfortunate incident. They all commended him for the show of concern saying, “we have not for a long time seen such kind of love, but you are different.”

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