A correspondent of the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), who visited Jos University Teaching Hospital (JUTH), was informed by medical personnel that Uzoka and another Church elder were in “very critical situation”.
The rest of the 50 victims were on admission at the nearby Bingham University Teaching Hospital (BUTH).
Mrs. Maria Goni, BUTH’s Director of Nursing Services, told our correspondent that the duo had to be transferred to JUTH “because they were in a serious condition and in dire need of surgery“.
“Right now, we have 50 persons on admission in our hospital. In fact, we are still counting and may have more. When we are through with counting, we shall know the exact figure we have.
“We have people with orthopeadic and laceration cases among others, but we are doing our best to treat them,” she said.
She said that no death had so far been recorded among the victims brought to the hospital.
Goni expressed happiness that the Red Cross International and the Plateau Government had rendered much help in the provision of drugs and other consumables.
NAN observed that among the victims were the elderly, women and children, who had suffered various degrees of injuries from the blast.
One of the victims, Mrs. Esther Emmanuel, 35, said that four of her children, Chigozie (11), Victor (3), Ikechukwu (8) and Chidinma (12) were also on admission.
Another victim, Mrs. Mercy Francis, 45, said her six year-old daughter, Blessing, had “disappeared” during the blast and called on the authorities to help in locating her.
“That is the only daughter I have. Please tell them to help me to trace her where ever she may be, especially since I can’t get another child like her at my age now,” Francis cried out.