The special intervention by the wife the Governor, Mrs Martha Udom Emmanuel has brought succor to several victims of kerosene explosion in Akwa Ibom State.
The state’s First Lady who has been working closely with the Petroleum Product Monitoring Committee (PPMC) assisting the victims, has visited and foot the medical bills of the victims at the University of Uyo Teaching Hospital (UUTH) and encouraged them with prayers.
The Governor’s wife whose intervention came through her pet project, Family Empowerment and Youth Reorientation Programme (FEYReP), anchored by the coordinator, Mrs Ime Inyang.
Other areas the several victims could be assisted includes, funding of awareness programmes including engagement of four vehicles to carry out awareness to the public not to use any kerosene purchased from local road side sellers, logistics and manpower; awareness program by Television and radio stations having coverage areas within Akwa Ibom State for about fourteen (14) days; relief supplies including Medicines for serious victims and purchase of washing machine and fridge for the Disaster Ward of the hospital.
The Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Petroleum Matters and Chairman of PPMC, Obong Essien Esema, had on Monday, 5 December, receive a report from the coordinator of FEYReP, Mrs. Ime Inyang, regarding new cases of severe degree of burns of about eight people resulting from kerosene explosion. They are currently receiving treatment at the University of Uyo Teaching Hospital.
This was stabilised due to the periodic arrivals of victims. The PPMC decided to carry out surveillance and monitoring activities in these areas.
An interim report by Barr Essien Esema revealed that as at Tuesday December 6, 2016, more than 23 cases had been recorded at the University of Uyo Teaching Hospital.
Barr. Esema explained that, “the impact of the kerosene explosions that was contaminated with other forms of fuel sources appears widespread. That means that the kerosene was purchased and used by many people living in and around Eket town; Efa Junction, Etinan LGA; Ikot Oku Ikono in Uyo LGA, and Uyo Village road, Uyo, Akwa Ibom State.