Death Toll in Ijegun Fire Incident Rises to Ten
Written by Adekoya on July 8, 2019
The Lagos State Government says it has so far expended over ten million naira to take care of victims involved in the Ijegun pipeline explosion last week.
The Permanent Secretary in the State Ministry of Health, Dr. Titilayo Goncalves made this known to Newsmen today during a visit to the victims of the incident at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, LASUTH.
Dr Goncalves noted that the State Government has not abandoned the victims as being speculated but is providing the best care possible to ensure their full recovery stressing that the survivors of the inferno are receiving adequate and quality care at designated government facilities free of charge.
She explained that out of the 22 victims rescued by the Lagos State Ambulance Service, 9 were taken to LASUTH, 12 were taken to Trauma and Burns Unit, Gbagada General Hospital while one is being managed at Alimosho General Hospital.
However, Dr Goncalves noted that 10 out of the patients receiving care at LASUTH and Gbagada General Hospital died due to severe and high degrees of burns suffered from the inferno
The Chief Medical Director, LASUTH, Dr. Adetokunbo Fabamwo who spoke in the same vein stated that the teaching hospital and its annex, Trauma and Burns Unit, Gbagada General Hospital had since received the patients, and are providing the necessary care and support needed to aid their quick recovery.
He advised families of victims not to liaise with any non-hospital staff and report any case of extortion or ill treatment by any person to his office or better still call him on 08037787788 or the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health on 08023049478 while emphasizing that treatment of the victims is free.