Ikoyi building collapse: Families barred from seeing survivors in Lagos Hospital

The hapless relatives who besieged the emergency ward on Wednesday were seen exchanging heated debates with the security personnel manning the entrance.
Ikoyi building collapse: Families barred from seeing survivors in Lagos Hospital
Some relatives and friends of the survivors seen hanging around the emergency wards of the Lagos hospital

Distraught families and friends of the victims, rescued from the collapsed 21-storey building on Gerard Road in Ikoyi, were on Wednesday prevented from accessing the treatment wards in Lagos General Hospital, Odan.

When WuzupNigeria's correspondent visited the health facility on Wednesday, the relatives who besieged the emergency ward were seen exchanging heated debates with the security personnel manning the entrance.

One of the operatives who spoke with WuzupNigeria on condition of anonymity disclosed that they were given a strict directive not to allow anybody into the ward while the patients are undergoing treatment.

The growing tension in front of the emergency wards became unbearable for some siblings of the survivors who tried to force their way in.

But the guards stood their ground, saying the instruction applies to everybody including journalists and families of the patients.

When our correspondent sought to speak with the medical director of the facility, he was told the gaffer has not been spotted in his office all day.

Three Ikoyi collapsed building survivors discharged from Lagos hospital

An admin staff of the hospital, who identified himself as Mr Adewale, requested for an official letter from the ministry of health before journalists access into the wards.

However, a source in the hospital confirmed to our reporter that three of the nine survivors ferried to the emergency wards has been discharged.

He disclosed that the remaining sixpatients have been divided into two wards - four in one treatment unit and two in the other.

Our correspondent could not immediately not the Medical Director of Lagos General Hospital, Dr. Ismail Ganikale, on phone to confirm the health condition of the victims.

An hour later, Ganikale apologised to our correspondent via a text message that he won't able to attend to his enquiries because he was at a retreat.

"I'm attending a 3day retreat, not in the hospital. But govt already put out a statement, will forward it to your WhatsApp," he stated in the message.

Ikoyi building collapse: Sanwo-olu releases identities of survivors

Meanwhile the Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has unmasked the identity of the survivors of the Ikoyi building disaster who are presently undergoing treatment at Lagos General Hospital.

Sanwo-Olu, who wore a mournful look when he appeared during his second visit to the site on Wednesday, reeled out the names and their health condition.

The governor also confirmed six of the nine patients are currently undergoing treatment while three were discharged yesterday.

They included:

1 Odutan Timileyin, 26-year-old man (no fracture)

2 Ahmed Kenleku, 19- year-old man from Republic of Benin.

3 Sunday Monday, a 21-year-old man who suffered a leg fracture.

4 Adeniran Mayowa, a 37-year-old man who suffered a hip injury.

5. Shola Bade Nurudeen, 33-years old man from Mowe, who has a pelvic injury.

6. Waliu Lateef, 32-year-old from Mowe (no fracture)

Related Stories

No stories found.
WuzupNigeria
wuzupnigeria.ng