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The Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Prof Akin Abayomi, has said about 19 survivors of the train and bus accident that happened in the state have been treated and discharged from the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital.
The commissioner at a press conference gave update information on the incident at the LASUTH hospital in Ikeja.
He said other survivors are responding to treatment and more of them will be released from various State’s General hospitals at Gbagada, Lagos Island, the Toll Gate and Orile Agege, discharged today.
He added that all of them are in stable condition, except for one or two, whom he said had severe injuries.
He said they have been able to transfuse 40 units of blood.
He explained that well wishers donated 256 units of blood to help accident victims.
He assured that all affected persons will be treated and their expenses will be covered by the government.
He said those at different government hospitals are also expected to be discharged today.
The commissioner added that 102 passengers/ casualties were associated with the accident.
He stated that the accident which occured at about 7:30 a.m was a collusion of moving train and modern transport conveying staff of Lagos State Secretariat.
He said the train carried the bus as farther as 100 metres, causing severe damage to passengers, and possibly affected those who are outside the bus in the area hence the additional seventeen Victims Brought in later to make a total of 102 .
Professor Abayomi said prompt rescue operation commenced as soon as Lagos State Emergency Management Authority, LASEMA arrived at 7:45 a.m to secure the environment and started to conduct rescue operations with other emergency responders.
Six Fatalities have been confirmed,Two on the spot and four at the LASUTH.
Abayomi said, “ The LASUTH management was able to set up a second level of triage.
Earlier, he said the first level of triage occured when LASUTH started receiving the affected passengers as early as 10 minutes past 8 in the morning.
The commissioner explained, “It is important that we carry out in the open air to scan all casualties and separate them quickly for immediate attention in a manner that will save the casualties.
The Lagos State Head of Service, Hakeem Muri-Okunola, opined that it will be premature to lay a blame, while speaking on the development.
According to him, the capacity of the type of bus involved was 85, 45 sitting and 40 standing.
“The bus was full ti the capacity because of scarcity of cash.
The Lagos State government says investigation is still ongoing to unravel more details about the unfortunate accident .
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To support the emergency response, the Lagos State government had yesterday called on the general public for people who will like to donate blood to come forward and restock the blood bank at LASUTH.