The Lagos State House of Assembly has established an eight-member committee to investigate the elevator accident that killed a medical doctor, Vwaere Diaso.
The House also summoned the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Health, the hospital’s Chief Medical Director, and staff members involved in the incident.
Speaking at the plenary on Friday, the Speaker, Mr. Mudashiru Obasa, said the assembly vowed to ensure justice for the deceased.
Dr. Vware Diaso, who worked at the General Hospital in Odan, Lagos, was killed by a malfunctioning lift.
The event apparently occurred on Wednesday evening when the deceased, who lived on the building’s 9th level, requested to meet a dispatcher who had brought her the meal she had previously purchased online.
Obasa expressed grief for the loss of such a young, promising daughter, stating that no satisfactory explanation could be given to her parents or colleagues; no amount of explanation could suffice.
“However, a probe into the incident is needed to ensure proper management and safety of lives.
“The eight-man committee, to be headed by the Deputy Speaker, Mrs Mojisola Meranda, includes Mr David Setonji, Mr Lara Oyekan, Mr Olayinka Ajomale, Mr Shabi Adekola, Mrs Omolara Olumegbon, Mr Akanbi Oluwa and Mr Olarenwaju Afinni.
“They have a mandate to report their findings to the House in two weeks.
“It is unimaginable the pain that the loss of the medical doctor would bring to her immediate family. It is saddening to loose such a young promising daughter,” he said.
The speaker urged the NMA to continue work, stating the government will look into their demands.
Mr. Olarenwaju Afinni (Lagos Island II) raised the issue earlier on the House floor and requested his colleagues to assist in the investigation.
Mr. Gbolahan Yishawu (Eti-Osa II) said the NMA has the right to express its grievances over the death of a colleague, but he urged the doctors to end their indefinite strike to save further deaths.
“This incident saddens my heart and we sympathise with the family and NMA. We have seen their demands and we are appealing that they should resume work to prevent patients from dying,” he said.
The House observed a minute of silence in memory of the deceased, while expressing condolences to the late doctor’s family, friends, and the association.