20 Killed in Rivers Pre-polls Crisis-Commissioner

The Rivers State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Sampson Parker, has raised the alarm that the pre-election violence that engulfed the state, is becoming an epidemic for the health sector to manage.
Dr. Parker, who addressed journalists in Abuja on Tuesday, lamented that the number of casualties, attended to by the various health care facilities across the state, between January and February this year, has become a source of worry for the Ministry of Health.
While stating that many deaths that occurred during clashes between members of different political parties have gone unreported, Parker said the state has recorded over 20 deaths in the last couple of months.
He disclosed that statistics from Braithwaite Memorial Specialist Hospital (BMSH) and Kelsey Harrison Hospital, from January to March 12, 2015, revealed that 41 casualties were treated for gunshot injuries while 26 others were treated for machete injuries.
His words: “It behoves me at this time to announce to the people of Rivers state the emergence of a new epidemic.

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