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Gas explosion victim dies after three months battle

A student , Miss Stella Merkyaa, who suffered multiple injuries from a gas explosion on July 18 , died Tuesday morning, Benue health commissioner Cecilia Ojabo , has confirmed .

Merkyaa, a student of the School of Midwifery , Makurdi, suffered the multiple burns when her cooking gas exploded on her in the hostel .

Ojabo described the incident as “ unfortunate ”.
“ Stella died in the early hours of Tuesday; it is quite sad, ” she said.

The commissioner said that government had supported the deceased “ in every possible way ” in her battle to survive the accident .

The deceased moved through four hospitals – Federal Medical Centre, Makurdi, Benue State Teaching Hospital, Makurdi, Jos University Teaching Hospital, and Bingham Teaching Hospital, Masaka, where she died .

A relation of the deceased , Mrs. Torkwase Ajo , said that she died at 4. 30 am .

“ We did everything possible to help her , but she gave up in the end , ” she said.

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