The Lagos State Government has launched an investigation into the death of a medical doctor at General Hospital, Odan, Lagos Island. The doctor, Vwaere Diaso, died after an elevator at the hospital crashed while she was inside it. The government has established a panel of inquiry to determine the circumstances surrounding the incident and promised to hold anyone responsible accountable. Following the incident, doctors protested and refused to attend to patients, demanding justice for Diaso and improved hospital safety. The Nigeria Medical Association has also directed doctors to commence an indefinite strike until investigations are completed and justice is served.
The Lagos State Government has initiated an investigation into the events that led to the death of medical Doctor Vwaere Diaso at the General Hospital, Odan, Lagos Island on Tuesday, according to a statement from the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Information and Strategy, Olumide Sogunle.
Sogunle stated that the government was shocked by the news and has established a panel of inquiry to look into the incident. The government has promised to take appropriate action against anyone found responsible. The statement reads:
“An inquiry led by officials from the Lagos State Ministry of Health, Lagos State Health Service Commission, Lagos State Safety Commission, and certified Lift and Vertical Transportation Equipment experts has commenced.
“The Lagos State Government will ensure that anyone found negligent by the report of the inquiry will face appropriate sanctions.”
Dr. Diaso was completing her housemanship at the General Hospital in Lagos when she tragically died, just two weeks away from the end of her attachment. She reportedly died after an elevator at the hospital malfunctioned while she was inside.
Reports indicate that Diaso was on her way to retrieve her food from a dispatch rider when the incident occurred.
She was immediately rushed to the emergency ward, but unfortunately, she was pronounced dead.
Her death has caused turmoil among staff and patients at the hospital, with her colleagues protesting against the hospital’s management, accusing them of negligence.
On Wednesday, medical practitioners refused to attend to patients and shut the hospital’s main gate, the health service commission’s gate, and the Lagos Island Maternity Hospital’s gate.
The doctors held placards with various inscriptions such as “I don’t want to die,” “Doctors’ lives matter,” “Justice for Vwaere,” “The system failed you, Diaso,” and “Here is Vwaere Diaso, she didn’t have to die for us to get it right.”
A patient who spoke to the media stated, “I arrived at the hospital around 7 am. Nobody attended to us. Her colleagues started protesting around 9 am, disrupting hospital activities. Other medical workers also stopped working.”
The Nigeria Medical Association has also responded to the incident, directing all doctors working in the three government hospitals on Lagos Island to commence an indefinite strike. The association demands a thorough investigation and justice for their deceased colleague.
Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, expressed his condolences to the family of the deceased and initiated an investigation into the cause of the mechanical failure.