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Lagos govt investigates death of medical officer in crashed elevator

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The Lagos State Government, on Wednesday, said it had set up a panel of inquiry to look into the death of a medical officer undergoing horsemanship, Dr Vwaere Diaso, who reportedly died in a crashed elevator at the General Hospital, Odan, Lagos Island on Tuesday.

The inquiry follows the protest by the Lagos State chapter of the Nigerian Medical Association over the circumstances of the incident, while promising to sanction anyone found culpable.

LagosPost reported that Diaso was in the elevator on her way to get her food from a dispatch rider when the incident happened.

She was rushed to the hospital’s emergency ward, where she was confirmed dead.

The incident led to a protest from her colleagues on Wednesday, who besieged the premises and grounded activities there.

The protesters carried placards with inscriptions such as, “I don’t want to die,” “Doctors’ lives matter,” “Justice for Vwaere,” “The system failed you, Diaso,” and “Here is Vwaere Diaso, she didn’t have to die for us to get it right.”

The NMA in a statement by the state Chairman, Dr. Benjamin Olowojebutu, and Secretary, Ismail Ajibowo, directed all doctors working in the three government hospitals on Lagos Island to commence an indefinite strike.

The statement reads in part. “We direct all our doctors in the three government hospitals on the island to commence indefinite strike action until the investigations are completed and justice is served; we immediately direct our doctors in all the other government hospitals to scale down activities as a mark of respect for our dead colleague. Only emergency services should be rendered for the next five days/”

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