Stadium Stampede Leaves Over 120 Admitted
The excitement of Sierra Leoneans to listen to divine inspirational prayers delivered by one of the spiritual leaders in the World, Mufti Ishmail Menk has left more than120 citizens including a three year old child in the state of unconsciousness at the end of his first Islamic lecture.
Contacting the Matron in charge of Connaught Hospital, Isatu Kamara confirmed that they received over 120 victims of the mad rush with less injuries on September 22nd 2017.
According to Matron Kamara the stampede affected many young ladies with few male youths but she quickly mentioned that situation has been put under control as many victims who were brought in were already resucitated with drips and other forms of treatment at the busy Ward 7.
One of the female victims, who was in bad condition, managed to explain that she was not aware when she was brought to the hospital and commended nurses and doctors in the ward for their prompt intervention to save their lives.
But what was tormenting in the ward where victims were laid was that, there was no ventilation that could quickly help the unconcious citizens who were in Stadium to answer to the call of Islam to recover except they use catroons and other clothing materials to give them fresh air.
Eye witnesses confirmed that the stampede cannot be unconnected to the lack of coordinated security apparatus as Police were unable to take over situation for the fact that they weren not given logistics or other reason adding that the stampede could have caused another big disaster among the over 2 million Muslim believers.
They expressed sympathy over the struggle Mufti Ishmail Menk went through in the course of Islam especially when people were rushing to shake hands with him.
“We saw many aged people, women and children who survived the stampede forcing their way out of the stadium in distressful manner”, eye witness averred and praised the timely intervention of the Connaught Medical Ambulance Response Team and the Sierra Leone Red Cross Society (SLRCS) Ambulance Response Team that averted many deaths.
By Alhassan Bangura
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