A civil society organization, Network for Democracy and Development (NDD), has charged the Lagos State Government to investigate the incidental cause of the mechanical failure of the elevator, which led to the death of the Lagos-based medical doctor, Vwaere Diaso.
Dr Vwaere Diaso, who worked at the Lagos Island General Hospital, was said to have been trapped in the hospital’s faulty elevator for over half an hour without anyone coming to his aid.
Muhammad Jameel Muhammad, the society’s general secretary, made the appeal on August 2, 2023.
The society noted, “To make matters worse, there was no blood available to resuscitate her!” adding that his extremely damaged condition finally claimed the life of the medical practitioner.
NDD considers the act of the staff on duty to be crystal clear criminal negligence, maintaining that their work responsibility calls for a safe environment & facility for both staff and non-staff in the hospital. Therefore, it considers it unacceptable.
“It is indescribable that a medical facility of that standing did not have blood within reach to rescue the badly injured doctor who offered her professional service in the same place!
“Reliable sources confirmed that the elevator had been malfunctioning for several years now. Yet it was not replaced. This is a sad testament to the poor state of infrastructure in many public institutions across the country,” the secretary stressed.
Furthermore, he asks Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu to probe the matter while buttressing the need to “conduct a comprehensive safety audit of infrastructure in all government establishments, including schools, in the State.”
NDD further requests the report of the audit be made public, describing it as a necessity to prove the Global claim of Lagos being Nigeria’s center of excellence.
“On behalf of all our stakeholders across the country, we extend our heartfelt condolences to the family, friends and professional colleagues of Dr Vwaere Diaso,” NDD added.