Health workers injured in Edo auto crash

Alexander Okere, Benin

No fewer than 19 persons have been reportedly injured in an auto crash on the Benin-Auchi expressway in Edo State.

The victims were said to be members of the Joint Health Sector Union from the University of Benin Teaching Hospital.

It was learnt that the accident occurred while they were travelling to Auchi, in the Estako West Local Government Area to attend an event on Saturday.

Although details of the auto crash are still sketchy, a source said that no life was lost.

The source also noted that the victims were taken to the Irrua Specialist Teaching Hospital in the Esan Central Local Government Area for treatment.

A senior official of ISTH, who did not want to be mentioned, confirmed the incident, adding that the injured were receiving attention from medical doctors on duty.

The source said, “We are on strike; I am not in the office. I heard that they(health workers) had an accident.

“They have been rushed to the hospital. They are being treated at the hospital. I learnt that doctors are giving them (victims) adequate treatment.

When contacted, the spokesman for Edo Sector Command of the Federal Road Safety Corps, George Otoaviokhai, said that he had yet to receive a report on the incident.

Otoaviokhai, however, promised to get back to our correspondent on the matter but had yet to do so as of the time of filing the report.

The Public Relations Officer of the UBTH, Mr. Joseph Uwaila, said that the hospital was not aware of an accident involving its personnel.

Uwaila stated, “We are not aware; we are not able to verify that because I head it this evening (Saturday) that something like that happened.

“But a call across to all our vehicles that went out indicated that everybody has returned. I even went as far as calling our cooperative vehicle and I was reliably informed that all those that travelled are back.

“So if anything happened to an individual while travelling, I think JOHESU should not be brought in because the person is a worker in a hospital. So, we are not able to verify that story yet.”

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