Latest reports informed that thousands of residents trooped to hospitals in Kano, northern Nigeria to donate blood for victims of the bomb blasts that happened at the Kano central mosque on Friday.
No fewer than 120 people were killed and 270 others wounded when two suicide bombers blew themselves up and gunmen opened fire during weekly prayers at the mosque on Friday.
According to finding carried out by Vanguard newspaper, voluntary donors were seen patiently waiting to donate blood at the Aminu Kano Teaching hospital, National Orthopedic and Murtala Muhammed hospitals on Sunday.
While confirming the development, the Chief Medical director of Aminu Kano Teaching hospita,l Prof. Zakari Muhammed stated that the hospital recorded large turn out of voluntary donors who were eager to assist the victims.
He said: "The large turn out of people here this morning is quite impressive and we are very happy to have them and on our part, we have deployed our staff to ensure that the exercise went smoothly."
This is coming after the leadership of the joint health workers union announced that it has directed its members to return to duty to save lives of the victims bombings.
Making the announcement on Sunday was the Secretary to the health workers union in Kano, Comrade Kabiru Ado Minjibir.
Minjibir told journalists that the indefinite strike ” is hereby suspended following Friday's attack on Kano central mosque where hundreds of worshippers were rushed to various hospitals in the state”.
It was gathered that members of the union at Aminu Kano teaching hospital and National orthopedic hospital Dala had joined their counterpart across the country on indefinite strike over an age long demands from the federal government.
The call off of the strike came on the heel of outcry by the general public that questioned the continuation of the industrial action in the light of huge humanitarian crisis in major public health centres in the state.
Also, the Federal Government has promised to supply hospitals in Kano with blood, to save the lives of victims of the Friday Juma’at bomb blast in Kano.
Alhaji Musa Ilallah, the North-West Coordinator of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), said this after visiting Murtala Mohammed Specialist Hospital in Kano on Sunday.
He said the Federal Ministry of Health had directed its blood bank from Katsina to supply blood to the hospitals immediately.
“We went round the hospitals to assess the condition of those who are receiving treatment and we understand that what they needed most are blood and consumables.
“I spoke with the Federal Ministry of Health and they (ministry) have assured me that they will mobilise blood bank in Katsina to supply blood to the hospitals,” he said.
The coordinator said the ministry had also promised to supply drugs and other needed consumables from Abuja.
Ilallah commended Kano State Government for providing all the needed materials for the treatment of the injured persons.
The Executive Secretary of the state Hospitals Management Board, Dr Kabir Maso-Kano, said lack of consumables was hindering the treatment of the victims.
He, however, commended the residents for coming to hospitals to donate blood for the victims.
It would be recalled that President Goodluck Jonathan had extended his heartfelt condolences to the people and Government of Kano State over the heinous attack.
The President commiserated with all the families who lost their loved ones. He calls on relief agencies and medical personnel to deploy every possible effort to assist the injured, and the general public to heed the call for the donation of blood by the hospitals where the injured are being treated.