The Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has suspended the General Manager of the Lagos State Infrastructure and Asset Management Agency, Adenike Adekambi, following the death of Dr. Vwaere Diaso, who died as a result of a faulty elevator at the General Hospital, Odan, Lagos Island.
Sanwo-Olu also sacked and blacklisted facility managers of the hospital after the panel of inquiry set up by the state government to unravel the circumstances leading to the death of Diaso submitted its report.
PUNCH Healthwise had reported that the Lagos State government said it had set up a panel of inquiry to look into the circumstances surrounding the incident and promised to sanction anyone found culpable.
PUNCH Healthwise gathered that Diaso was in the elevator on her way to get her food from a dispatch rider when the incident happened.
It was also gathered that the late doctor was rushed to the emergency ward of the hospital for treatment but eventually died.
Sanwo-Olu had vowed to get to the root of the doctor’s death through thorough investigation, as he condoled with the victim’s family.
According to a statement by Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Information and Strategy, Olumide Sogunle, on Sunday, the governor took the decisions after the panel of inquiry set up by the state government to unravel circumstances that led to the doctor’s death submitted its report.
The statement read: “Following the incident, we immediately set up a panel to look into its likely causes, identify persons who might be culpable, and suggest ways of preventing any future occurrence.
“For transparency, the membership of the panel included representatives of the Medical Guild and six representatives of House Officers.
“The panel has now concluded its deliberations and submitted its report.
“Based on our initial findings, the Lagos State Government has taken the following actions:
“We have sacked and blacklisted the Facility Managers. The GM of Lagos State Infrastructure and Asset Management Agency is to immediately proceed on suspension
“The operations and line of reporting of the facility managers have been restructured to involve the hospital management directly
“We have handed the installation and maintenance contractors to the police for further investigation and likely prosecution if they are found culpable.”
According to the statement, the police will also investigate anyone else that might be negligent
“Engineers are working to unravel why all the safety devices of the elevator failed at the same time
“All our staff are fully insured. We have informed our life insurance providers about this incident.
“The Lagos Safety Commission has been directed to immediately carry out an audit of all elevators in public offices. This is besides the usual safety arrangements that have always existed.”
The governor disclosed that the elevator that crashed was installed as brand new in 2021.
He noted that elevator experts working with the Lagos Safety Commission had carried out an initial inspection and would be removing the elevator for further mechanical examination to determine why the safety features that should prevent this kind of accident did not work.
“Their findings will determine if we have a case with the elevator installer. According to its findings, the incident happened around 6.50 pm. Due to the impact, the elevator doors were damaged and needed to be forced open to rescue the trapped house officer.
“She was extracted at about 7.50 pm and resuscitation commenced immediately. She was wheeled to the emergency room and was immediately attended to by a medical team led by a highly experienced consultant orthopaedic and trauma surgeon.
“The team was assisted by all house officers who were present at the time. The initial objectives were to ensure a clear airway, maintain breathing, and establish circulation.”
“The team was also joined by two consultant anaesthetists, including the Medical Director, who intubated the patient. Despite all the efforts, she stopped breathing around 8.13 pm and Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) commenced. This went on until 8.59 pm when she was pronounced dead.
“It is important to state that blood samples for cross-matching had not been taken and there had not been a request for blood at the time CPR commenced; it is not true that blood was not available.
“The state has a strong network of screening centres where blood is available. Besides, there is a register of voluntary donors who can be mobilised at very short notice.
“The Lagos State Government, in recognition of the importance of providing functional and comfortable accommodation for health workers, outsourced the management of the House Officers Quarters to a facility management company.
“The Lagos State Infrastructure and Asset Management Agency oversees the activities of the facility management company.
“We commiserate with her family and her colleagues and pray for the repose of her soul. As a Government, we feel the pain of this irreparable loss. May The Almighty console them and give them the strength to go through this difficult time.”