Sequel to the tragic death of Dr Vwaere Diaso in an elevator in Lagos State, the panel set up by the Nigeria Medical Association (NMA), is demanding openness as the government commences its own investigation on the incident.
This was made known by Dr Saheed Babajide Saheed, head of the panel while submitting its report to the state.
“The panel was set up on August 3rd by the Lagos chapter of the Nigerian Medical Association to investigate the death of Diaso Vwaere,”‘Dr Saheed said.
“We have concluded our investigation and are presenting our findings.”
The chairman of the NMA in Lagos State, Dr Benjamin Olowojebutu while receiving the report said that a forum will be held with the various stakeholders to look at the report and come up with a decision to avert future occurrence.
“This is to forestall this kind of preventable and avoidable death among our colleagues, and Lagosians because people should not die in their workplace,” he said.
“Justice for late Dr Diaso Vwaere is ensuring that everyone found culpable should be prosecuted, and those found guilty should go to jail. People need to be accountable for their actions. For us, it is about accountability. Everyone involved in this, irrespective of their position, should be brought to book. People should know that there are consequences to their actions.”
On the steps taken by the state government, the NMA boss said: “Beyond saying the MD has been sacked, people need to know the MD’s identity. We should know their names, their offices, who was the contractor that bought a very bad lift, and who was the contractor that didn’t fix the lift properly. Did they escalate the issue to the authorities? The government shouldn’t do this kind of thing in secrecy.”
Recall few weeks ago, news broke that Dr Diaso was involved in an elevator accident at the Lagos State General Hospital, Odan, Lagos Island where she was an intern at the hospital.
Details revealed that the young promising doctor who was heading back to her office after buying food on ground floor made use of the elevator but the elevator developed fault on the ninth floor and crashed down while the doctor was aboard.
Her sparked reactions from various professional bodies including the NMA demanding justice for the tragic death of the doctor.
It was alleged that the elevator at the facility had been faulty but was neglected by the state government.