Following the public outcry of well-meaning Abians and Nigerians over the plight of Miss Esther Ibem Nmecha (victim of Fulani Herdsman attack) at the Aba General Hospital, off Hospital road, Aba,wife of Abia State Governor, Deaconess Nkechi Ikpeazu on Friday in Aba on her returned from overseas trip, paid her unscheduled visit.
Mrs. Ikpeazu while sympathizing with the victim over the unfortunate incident disclosed that her husband, Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu was aware of the incident and directed that Esther should be given all the needed medical attention.
Abia State First Lady while assuring that the state government would do all it could do to stop a reoccurrence of such an ugly act, also disclosed that the state government would foot the medical bills of the attack victim.
“I just came back and heard about what happened and I decided to come by myself. The governor has said that the government will settle every medical bill.
“I’m therefore pleading with the hospital management to do whatever you can do and be assured that government will take care of everything.
“I know that the man who did this is already in the custody and the government is not keeping silent. Something must be done to see that we don’t have this kind of thing again,” she said.
Speaking to journalists, the Chief Executive, Hospital Management Board of Abia State, Dr. Ngozi Nduka said that efforts are on ground to pull specialists to see how the victim can still make use of her severed left hand.
“We have prosthesis. We are going to invite plastic surgeons to see what they can do. The fingers are already off. We are not going to fix them back because they didn’t come with her.
“She came here without those fingers. If the Plastic surgeons wants to have her fingers fixed with prosthesis (artificial fingers) then she can still use those fingers.
“Thank God it’s on her left fingers except if she is left handed. So, I believe that with the plastic surgeons coming in, there could be some forms of rehabilitation to ensure that her finger is still usable.”
Nduka who said she cannot estimate the exact amount the surgery may cost, went further to say that it will cost a lot.
She appreciated the Abia first lady for her visit and assurance that the government will foot every medical bill involved.
Also speaking, the Transitional Committee Chairman of Aba North Local Government Area, Barr. Charles Esonu assured that he would make sure that the attacker, Garuba Salisu who is already remanded in prison would face full trial.
Esonu further disclosed that he has started interacting with the Hausa-Fulani community in the local government to ensure that there won’t be any recurrence.
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According to him, he would also reach out to the members of the State House of Assembly to see how the anti-grazing law in the state would be further strengthened.