Monday, April 22, 2002
MP hires planes to take crash victims
By WAWERU MUGO
Five people died
while 30 others were injured when the lorry they were travelling
in overturned near Wajir Town.
The injured were
flown to Kenyatta National Hospital, Nairobi, for treatment
in two planes hired by Wajir East MP Mohamed Abdi Mohamud.
to get the Flying Doctors' Service to evacuate the injured
had failed when those involved in the rescue mission could
not raise Sh375,000 needed to finance the mission.
Three men and a
woman died while undergoing treatment at Wajir while the fifth
died at KNH upon admission on Saturday night.
The dead were identified
as Hassan Yusuf, Halima Omar Dakat, Mohammed Mohamud Dugo,
Omar Hassan Salat and Abdi Dahir.
Wajir medical officer
of health, Dr Mwandena Arthins, said majority of the injured,
including a 12-year-old girl, suffered head and chest injuries.
Yesterday, Dr Arthins
said 12 victims were admitted to the district hospital. Only
two victims had been discharged.
Ezekiel Machogu said the accident occurred a kilometre from
Wajir Town along the Mandera-Wajir road on Friday evening.
Most of the victims
had boarded the lorry ferrying maize and sugar to Wajir Town
Mr Machogu said
the lorry overturned after its steering wheel broke. He added
that the local hospital could not manage the critically injured
and sought the intervention of the Flying Doctors' Service
"We were so desperate.
We could not raise Sh375,000 initially asked for by the team
and it was such a relief when the Assistant Minister (Mr Abdi)
came to our rescue," the DC told Nation by telephone.
Mr Abdi, an Assistant
Minister for Trade and Industry, paid Sh300,000 for the two
planes – one moved six patients on Saturday afternoon
and another airlifted six others yesterday morning.