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Panel on Dr Diaso begins investigation, hands over lift installer to police

Dr Vwaere Diaso, a medical Doctor that died in an elevator accident at Lagos State General Hospital, Odan. Photo:Omolara Omosanya/Radio Nigeria

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu has set up an investigative panel to conduct an “immediate and thorough” inquiry into the unfortunate elevator incident, which claimed the life of a medical doctor, Vwaere Daiso, at the General Hospital, Odan, Lagos-Island.

In a statement issued on Friday, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Information and Strategy, Olumide Sogunle, said the investigative panel has been given 48 hours to conclude action, and would submit a report of its initial findings on Saturday for further actions.

Mr Sogunle highlighted some of the steps taken so far by the investigative panel to include a meeting with the Facility Manager, management of the General Hospital, Lagos, and the Lagos State Infrastructure Asset Management Agency (LASIAMA), to unravel the circumstances surrounding the elevator accident.

He said: “A Panel comprising the Chairman of the Lagos State Health Service Commission (HSC), Permanent Secretary of the Health Service Commission, Director-General of the Safety Commission, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health; House officers and representatives of the medical associations, has been set up. 

“The panel met with the Facility Manager, personnel of LASIAMA and the management of General Hospital, Lagos. The Panel had also met with the lift installer and the representatives of the company that installed the elevator”

 “As part of the panel’s activities from the first day when they interviewed the lift installer, they handed him over to the Police for questioning and further interrogation. This is to ensure that the installer will always be available if the panel needs him for further questions.”

Six house officers and representatives of the medical associations were appointed as witnesses. Representatives of the House Officers and medical associations were allowed to be part of the panel.

Writing by Omolara Omosanya; Editing by Hadiza Abdulrahman, Daniel Adejo and Tony Okerafor