At least 10 out of the 22 people rescued by the Lagos State Ambulance Service (LASAMBUS) during the Ijegun pipeline explosion have died in the hospital.
The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health, Dr. Titilayo Goncalves, who disclosed this, said government had spent over N10 million on the treatment of the victims.
She explained that out of the 22 victims rescued in the inferno that left many vehicles and houses burnt, nine were taken to the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH), 12 were taken to Trauma and Burns Unit, Gbagada General Hospital while one was being managed at Alimosho General Hospital.
Goncalves said the remaining survivors of the inferno were receiving adequate and quality care at designated government facilities free of charge.
The permanent secretary disclosed that government had not abandoned the victims as being speculated but was providing the best care possible to ensure their full recovery.
She said: “Unfortunately, due to the high degree of burns suffered by these victims which is almost at 100 per cent, we lost 10 of them. But we are doing everything possible to ensure that no other life is lost and we will continue to do all in our might to provide intensive care for the remaining and from reports received they are responding to treatment.
“Treatment of victims with high percentage of burns requires intensive care and management which should follow some treatment protocol and this is why I am appealing to families of the victims to be calm and cooperate with our health workers as they care for their loved ones.
“The victims of the inferno are being provided with adequate and quality care in our facilities free of charge in line with Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s directive and they are being closely monitored and cared for by our specialists to ensure their full recovery and rehabilitation.”
On his part, the Chief Medical Director (CMD), LASUTH, Dr. Adetokunbo Fabamwo, said the teaching hospital and its annex, Trauma and Burns Unit, Gbagada General Hospital, was providing the necessary care and support needed to aid the victims’ quick recovery.
He said: “LASUTH alone has expended about N6 million so far to cover laboratory investigations, X-rays, consumables and medications. In fact, one of the patients was treated with silver patches costing N350,000.”
Fabamwo added that on-the-spot assessments were daily being conducted by specialists in burns and trauma to rehabilitate the victims in line with treatment protocol for the burns.
He said: “I want to assure families of the victims that their loved ones will receive the best care possible and we will ensure availability of medical and other supplies throughout the period of their management.”
The CMD advised families of victims not to liaise with any non-hospital staff and report any case of extortion or ill treatment by any person to his office or better still call him on 08037787788 or the permanent secretary on 08023049478.