Investigation Panel Set Up by Lagos State Government to Probe Elevator Accident at General Hospital, Odan, Lagos Island

Investigation Panel Set Up by Lagos State Government to Probe Elevator Accident at General Hospital, Odan, Lagos Island

A heart-rending incident occurred at the General Hospital, Odan, Lagos Island, where a female doctor, Vwaere Diaso, lost her life in a faulty elevator just two weeks before completing her housemanship.

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This unfortunate event has shaken the medical community and sparked widespread outrage both online and offline, leading to the Lagos State Government’s prompt action in setting up an investigation panel to get to the bottom of the matter.

A History of Elevator Problems

Prior to the accident, there were existing reports of the elevator’s malfunctioning, and staff members had lodged complaints about its condition.

Unfortunately, these warnings went unheeded, resulting in the tragic loss of a promising young doctor’s life.

Swift Government Response

Reacting to the public outcry, the Lagos State Government acted swiftly to address the situation and ensure accountability.

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The panel was given a strict 48-hour deadline to conduct a thorough investigation and submit its initial findings.

Panel Takes Decisive Steps

The investigation panel, comprising representatives from various medical associations, the Lagos State Health Service Commission, the Safety Commission, and other relevant stakeholders, promptly swung into action.

They engaged with the Facility Manager, personnel of the Lagos State Ambulance Service (LASIAMA), and the management of the General Hospital, Lagos.

The panel also reached out to the elevator installer and the representatives of the company responsible for installing the faulty lift.

Installer Handed Over to Police

As part of their investigative measures, the panel handed over the elevator installer to the Nigerian police for questioning and further interrogation.

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This step was taken to ensure that the installer remains available for additional inquiries, should the need arise.

Expert Opinion Sought

To gain insights into the elevator’s condition, the panel invited a lift expert to the accident scene.

The expert provided a preliminary opinion, but further examination is planned, involving thorough mechanical and electrical inspections of the elevator.

Witnesses Engaged for Transparency

In a move to maintain transparency and objectivity, six house officers and representatives of medical associations were appointed as witnesses, and they were allowed to actively participate in the panel’s proceedings.

Upcoming Report and Further Actions

As the 48-hour deadline approaches, the panel is preparing to submit its initial findings on Saturday.

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The report will shed light on the circumstances surrounding the tragic accident.

Based on these findings, appropriate authorities will determine the necessary actions to be taken to prevent such incidents in the future and hold those responsible accountable.

The Loss of a Promising Doctor and the Path Forward

The death of Dr. Vwaere Diaso has underscored the importance of thorough maintenance and safety inspections in public facilities.

The investigation panel’s diligent efforts aim to bring justice to her memory and ensure that such avoidable accidents are prevented in the future.

The Lagos State Government remains committed to taking all necessary measures to safeguard the well-being of its citizens and prevent similar tragedies from occurring.

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