19 victims of train crash discharged – Commissioner

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The Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Prof. Akin Abayomi, has claimed the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital has discharged 19 victims of the train-bus incident.

At a press conference held on Friday at LASUTH, Abayomi stated that the government has made sure that all casualties received the proper care and medical attention.

He disclosed that five casualties would be released from the Tollgate Trauma Center today, while eight more victims were anticipated to be released from the Orile Agege Hospital today.

He also acknowledged that 102 victims in total had been transported to LASUTH.

Abayomi said, “We got 246 units of blood yesterday and all victims were treated for free. Some people were also injured outside the bus. We want to appreciate LASEMA, LASAMBUS and all Lagosians who supported us yesterday. I must also commend LASUTH.”

Prof. Adetokunbo Fabamwo, Chief Medical Director of LASUTH, made a call to Lagosians to come give blood in order to replenish the ones used.

Fabamwo also suggested streamlining the hiring procedure for drivers in general.

“On blood issue, the Blood Transfusion Service of Lagos State, rose up to the challenge and they gave us as much as we needed, but we are appealing to members of the public to come and donate because we need to replenish what we have used.

“This event challenged our capability at LASUTH and I’m delighted we rose up to the challenge.

“We should further refine the recruitment process for drivers, it is a general problem, even me, I have issues with some of the people that drive me. We have to ensure that only drivers that are level-headed are brought in,” he said.

Also, the Nigerian Medical Association, Lagos State in a letter signed by its chairman, Dr Benjamin Olowojebutu, said, “On behalf of the body of doctors in Lagos State, we wish to commiserate with the Lagos State Governor, The Head of Service, The families of those affected by the tragedy, and indeed all Lagosians on the tragedy that occurred on Thursday morning when a train collided with a Staff BRT bus conveying some members of staff of the Lagos State Government to work. It was indeed a sorrowful day for all of us.”

“We pray for the repose of the dead and wish the wounded a speedy recovery.

“We also want to appreciate all our members, ably led by the Honourable Commissioner for Health and the CMD of LASUTH, for their prompt response and continuous attendance to the victims.”