Stranded Abakiliki Kerosene Explosion Victim Cries Out For Help

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    By NWOGHA NDUBUISI ANDY, Abakaliki

    A victim of kerosene explosion, Miss Chinenye Ezekwena was admitted to Bethel Mission Hospital at No.21 Nsukka Street, Abakaliki after an ugly experience with adulterated kerosene that nearly cost her life but has been discharged with no money to offset her bill.
    Miss Chinenye Ezekwena was admitted at the hospital after two days of the incident that occurred when she was trying to light firewood fire in their 40 Jemeni Street of the metropolis.
    Thereafter, the family succumbed to using fermented cassava (fufu) to treating the already stinking burns due to financial incapacity to taking her to hospital as their only source of income is selling of pounded fufu (akpu).
    However,on Thursday 22nd October,2020, Miss Ezekwena was discharged from the hospital with the bill of over Two hundred and seventy thousand naira but the family was able to source some money remaining balance amounting to One hundred and eighty six thousand and six hundred and twenty (#186,620) naira.
    Recall that our reporter had recently reported that two persons have luckily escaped death by chance in Jemeni Street, Abakaliki Urban following a kerosene fire incident which they bought for domestic use within the week but unknown to them that it was adulterated.
    The first incident was on Friday evening at 31 Jemeni Street when an aged mother who identified herself as Mrs.Elizabeth Igwe, narrated that on the fateful night,there was power outage which prompted her to use the family lantern inorder to set mosquito net.
    According to her, when she lighten up the lantern, it engulfed on fire and razed some part of her hand but was rescued alive with her grand daughter. 
    In another account at No.40 Jemeni Street,a girl in her early twenties, Miss Chinenye Judith Ezekwena, on Tuesday morning, 7th October,2020 was cooking with firewood when she poured some quantity of kerosene they bought from a road side seller.
    On the spot,the kerosene engulfed on fire and caught her night gown including some kitchen equipment and leaving all her body with severe burns.
    The victim,miss Chinenye told us that while she was struggling to pull off the gown, the kerosene fire had affected her legs,hands and some part of her face.
    The mother of the victim,Mrs Eucharia Ezekwena told us that though she has been using kerosene for year but subsequent kerosene explosion in different parts of the town has proven that adulterated product had taken over the good ones which if not quickly intervened by government would bring much harm to users.
    Speaking with the victim’s daughters Mrs.Ngozika Nwankwo and Mrs Chika Ibe, they noted that distress call came to their phone of their mother’s incident and they quickly rushed her to a nearby health center where she was given first aid before taken to the hospital.
    She hinted that while they glorify God for saving their aged mother from painful experience occasioned by traders who want quick money by selling adulterated kerosene, appeal to appropriate authority to intensify effort in checkmating petroleum products of those in the line of business.
    According to her, the adulterated kerosene if proper attention is not given to it by concern authority in the state by ensuring that such product is not sold in the market would pose serious threat to the lives of the innocent public, as its explosion could be compare to that of the premium motor spirit, otherwise known as fuel.
    Lending their voices, sympathizers including Mrs. Elizabeth Nwachukwu, and Mrs. Felicia Ewuzie narrated that they have had similar experiences and appealed to government intervention.
    The sympathizers, however, called good spirited individuals, Ebonyi State Emergency Management Agency and Office of the Special Assistant to the State Governor on Welfare Matters , headed by Rev.Fr. Abraham Nwali to come to the aid of the girl as they told us that the victim has been using hot water in the place of medication due to financial challenge.
    Collaborating the report, Major Prophet Ikechukwu Ogbujie, frowned upon the increase sale of fuel in place of kerosene and charge Ebonyi State government to set set taskforce to help curb the looming danger.
    Meanwhile, the stranded girl’s mother appeal to good spirited individuals and concern non governmental organization to come to their aid and they could be reach through this account details: Ezekwena Eucharia, Access Bank:0007782205, or phone:09033879960 and 07017865174

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