The Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Mr. Jide Idris has released the official statistics of victims at the Lagos Island Building Collapse.
The commissioner speaking during his visit to the General Hospital where most of the victims were taken to said that 20 people have been confirmed dead while 45 people survived. He stated that among the survivors, 14 people which includes four adults and ten children are still receiving treatment in various hospitals around the Ita-Faji and Lagos Island area.
He listed some of the hospitals as; Lagos Island General Hospital, Massey Street Children’s Hospital, Onikan Health Centre and Gbagada General Hospital.
“Out of the 45 survivors known to the government as at this morning, 14, including 10 children and four adults, are still receiving medical attention at Lagos Island General Hospital. More survivors will still be discharged to their families before the close of work today, “ he said.
Meanwhile, reacting to the tragic event also, Nigeria’s Minister for Health, Isaac Adewole commended the Lagos state government for their prompt response to the incident and the efficient health care management given to the surviving victims. He also commended the State’s government for granting free medical care and rehabilitation to the victims as he warned hospitals to release corpses to the dead victims’ families at no charge.
“I am greatly impressed by the promptness of the emergency response of the state and the efficient healthcare deployed to ensure that the survivors of the sad incident are stabilized and kept alive, “ he said
Finally, the Minister talked about plans to improve the Lagos state’s emergency and health care system in order to save lives in emergency situations.
He called on other states in Nigeria to emulate Lagos state in their prompt attendance to emergency situations as he called on the media and Nigerians to report unregistered schools in unconducive learning environments.
“I also want to appeal to the media and Nigerians to report suspected unregistered schools in an environment not ideal for learning,” Minister for Health Adewole said.
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