Lagos State Commissioner of Health, Dr. Jide Idris, has confirmed that a total of 20 people died, while 45 others survived, in Wednesday’s building collapse at Lagos Island area of Lagos State.
The building housed a private Nursery School, Baden School, residents and shops on the floor of the structure.
Idris disclosed the figure at a press conference on the sad incident after rescue operation has been completed.
According to the health commissioner, out of the 20 casualty recorded, 16 were pupils of the school while the remaining four were adults.
He also disclosed that the survivors were managed across some of the state health facilities, including Lagos Island General Hospital, Massey Street Children’s Hospital, Onikan Health Centre and the Gbagada General Hospital.
Others are Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH), Ikeja; National Orthopaedic Hospital, Igbobi, and Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), Idi-Araba.
“Out of the 45 survivors known to the government as at this morning, 14, including 10 children and four adults, are still receiving medical attention at Lagos Island General Hospital.
“More survivors will still be discharged to their families before the close of work today, “ he said.
The Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, commended the state government for prompt response and efficient healthcare management of survivors of the accident.
Adewole also commended the government for granting free medical care to the victims in order to remove any barriers to prompt, qualitative and comprehensive care needed or the rehabilitation of victims.
“I am greatly impressed by the promptness of the emergency response of the state and the efficient healthcare deployed to ensure that the survivors of the sad incident are stabilised and kept alive,” he said.