Governor Sanwo-Olu suspends agency chief, sacks facility managers over doctor Vwaere Diaso’s death – The Lagos state governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has suspended the General Manager of the Lagos State Infrastructure and Asset Management Agency (LASIAMA) Adenike Adekambi, following the death of Doctor Vwaere Diasoat the General Hospital, Odanl Lagos Island on Tuesday, August 1.
According to a statement released by
Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of
Information and Strategy, Olumide Sogunle, the suspension was taken after initial findings. The state governor also sacked and blacklisted facility managers of the General Hospital, Odan, Lagos Island, where the incident happened.
According to Sogunle, the government set up a panel to look into likely causes of the accident, identify culpable persons and suggest ways of preventing a recurrence. With two weeks to completing her housemanship in the hospital, Vwaere was on her way to pick up a delivery from a dispatch rider when the lift she took from the 10th floor crashed to the ground floor. She died from injuries she sustained in the crash.
Her colleagues took to social media to say they had complained on several occassions about the faulty lift but all their complains were ignored by the management of the hospital.
See the full statement below
PRESS STATEMENT ON AUGUST 1st ELEVATOR ACCIDENT AT GENERAL HOSPITAL, ODAN, LAGOS
The Lagos State Government would like to, once again, acknowledge with deep regret the unfortunate elevator accident of Tuesday, 1st August 2023 at the House Officer’s residence of the General Hospital, Odan, which resulted in the death of Dr. Vwaere Diaso , a vibrant house officer. 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.
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
(LASIAMA) oversees the activities of the
facility management company. 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
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.
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 8.13pm and Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) commenced. This went on until 8.59pm 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. It is also important to state that the elevator
that crashed was installed brand new in 2021. Elevator experts working with the Lagos Safety Commission have carried out an
initial inspection and will 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.
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. The police will also investigate anyone else that might have been
found to be negligent
◦ Engineers are working to unravel why all the safety devices of the elevator failed at the
◦ 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.
Ministry of Information and Strategy.
6th August 2023.”