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Rann accidental bombing: Governor Shettima orders emergency medical response

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Borno State Governor, Kashim Shettima has ordered the State Ministry of Health to set up emergency units, with all State medical hospitals located in Maiduguri

This was in response to the accidental bombing of civilians at Rann, in Kala-Balge local government area of ‎the State.

The Governor’s spokesman, Isa Gusau, said in a statement that “Governor Shettima received the news with very deep concern. He has channeled his focus on ensuring that all the victims, particularly those with severe injuries are provided urgent medical treatment.

“As at this evening, the International Committee of the Red Cross and Red Crescent has deployed a helicopter which is on ground at Rann to begin evacuation of victims, starting with those with the most critical health conditions.

“The MSF (Doctors without border) along with officials of the State Government are the first responders. Governor Shettima particularly commends the MSF for its rapid response in providing first aid treatment to victims at the scene.

“While Governor Shettima is working to ensure that ‎all victims are evacuated as soon as possible, the State Commissioner of Health has mobilized medical doctors, nurses, lab technicians, pharmacists ‎and other health officials in all hospitals owned by Borno State Government, while ambulances have also been deployed. The medical experts are currently on standby with emergency consumables set for treatment of victims soon as they arrive Maiduguri.

“Casualty figures are yet to be ascertained but from information available to the Governor, there are records of deaths with many persons injured. The Governor’s heart is with families of all those affected and urges citizens to pray for the repose of the souls of those dead and the speedy recovery of the injured.

“Governor Shettima looks forward to formal communication from the military to ascertain what happened and would brief the press should there be the need to do so.

“For now, all focus should be on the evacuation of victims and the provision of emergency medical services to them with the hope that they quickly recover.”

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