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Lagos Declares 20 Dead, 45 Survivors

 Lagos State Government has confirmed that 20 persons died in early hours of Wednesday, while 45 of them survived the collapsed three floor building at number 10 Dogara Street, Ita-Faaji, Lagos Island.
Disclosing the figures during a press briefing at the Lagos Island General Hospital, was Commissioner for Health, Dr. Jide Idris, who also warned against monetary extortions or demand for gratification from any survivor of  collapsed three-floor building.
Dr. Idris further confirmed that the building housed a private Nursery School, Baden School, residents and shops on the floor of the structure, lamenting, “It was unfortunate and sad that 20 corpses were brought to Lagos State mortuaries from the site.”
The Commissioner came at the background of a courtesy visit to the victims of collapsed three-floor building who are receiving at the Lagos Island General Hospital.
According to Ministry of Health boss, 45 survivors were received and managed by government’s health facilities, notably Lagos Island General Hospital, Massey Street Children Hospital, Onikan Health Centre, Gbagada General hospital, LASUTH , National Orthopedic Hospital, Igbobi and Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH).
As at Friday morning, he said that 14(10 children and four adults) are still receiving medical attention at Lagos Island General Hospital for various levels of injury.
On the issue of the rumour that some of the survivors were being charged for health care, he warned that defaulters will be made to face strict disciplinary actions.
Dr. Idris said he earlier debunked this allegation based on the clear directive of the Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, which was passed on to all government owned facilities.
He however warned that any government official caught extorting from any survivor or demanding for gratification will be made to face strict disciplinary actions.
He said; “Demanding that survivors who are already traumatised to pay for medical bills is not only unethical, but also criminal.”
He called on family members, who have evidence of such extortion to contact Dr Titilayo Goncalves, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Health on O8023049478 with authentic proof.
Idris also expressed appreciation to some   corporate organisations particularly MTN Foundation, Shell and other well-meaning individuals who have been donating items and other forms of support for the treatment of the survivors.
Nonetheless, Idris assured that the donations be well coordinated and properly channeled for reasons of transparency and accountability.
He commiserated with bereaved families and reiterated the State Government’s s continued commitment to the welfare of its citizens.
On his part, the Medical Director of Lagos Island General hospital, Dr Ismail Ganikale, said more survivors will still be discharged from this hospital to their families before the close of work on Friday.
Earlier, the Hon Commissioner, Dr Jide Idris, Professor  Isaac Adewole, Minister Of Health,  commended Lagos State government for its prompt and effective response as well as efficient health care  management of survivors of the collapsed building at Lagos Island.
Speaking, Prof Adewole, said: “I’m greatly impressed by the promptness of the emergency response of the state and the efficient health care deployed to  ensure that the survivors of the sad incident are stabilised and kept alive.
“I recommend that this proactive system be adopted by all states in the federation to reduce mortality during emergencies,” he said.
He also appreciated the State Government for granting free medical care to the victims in order to remove any barriers to prompt qualitative and comprehensive care needful for the rehabilitation of victims.

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