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Lagos sets up team to probe elevator accident that killed doctor

The Lagos State government has set up a team to probe the elevator accident that killed a doctor at a state General Hospital, Odan, Lagos Island on Tuesday.

The victim, identified as Dr. Vwaere Diaso, was crushed to death when the elevator she was riding in malfunctioned and plunged to the ground floor from the 10th.

The inquiry team will investigate the cause of the accident and make recommendations to prevent future tragedies.

In a statement released on Wednesday, the state Government said anyone found negligent shall be dealt with accordingly.

“The state government, especially management and staff of the Lagos state ministry of health, commiserate with the family of the deceased on the unfortunate loss of their daughter who passed on as a result of the mechanical failure of an elevator at the General Hospital, Odan, Lagos Island,” the statement reads.

“An inquiry by a team of officials from the Lagos state ministry of health, Lagos State Health Service Commission, Lagos State Safety Commission and certified Lift and Vertical Transportation Equipment experts has commenced.

“The Lagos state government will ensure that anyone found negligent by the report of the inquiry will face appropriate sanctions,” it read.

Meanwhile, the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) had asked its members in the three General Hospitals on the Island -General Hospital, Odan; Lagos Island Maternity Hospital; and Massey Street Children’s Hospital, to go on an indefinite strike.

In the meantime, the state government has ordered the closure of all elevators at any state owned hospital until the investigation is complete.

The inquiry team is expected to submit its report very soon.

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