Update, Building collapse: Lagos government to foot bill of rescued victims

The Lagos State Government has pledged to cover the full cost of treatment and medical bills for the rescued victims of the Ikoyi building collapse.

Dr. Obafemi Hamzat, the Deputy Governor of Lagos State, revealed this on Tuesday during a visit to some of the rescued victims of the tragic incident who are being treated at the General Hospital in Lagos.

After the visit, Hamzat told reporters that nine people, all men, had been rescued from the building's debris, and that three of the rescued victims had been treated and discharged on the spot, while the remaining six were admitted and are being treated at the Medical Emergency (LASEMS) unit of the General Hospital, Lagos.

He said: "So we have six people in here, all-male, and thankfully they are doing well. The doctors have told us their state; they have minor injuries and nothing life-threatening thankfully. 

"They are being treated and of course, as you know, the Lagos State Government is taking full responsibility for their treatment. “We have their names and we will be getting in touch with their families. 

"Nine people were rescued, six are here now, three people have gone home and as you know we have 10 dead bodies taken out of the place". 

Hamzat expressed deep sympathy for the victims and assured them that they would receive adequate care throughout their treatment.

In a similar vein, Dr Olusegun Ogboye, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health, who accompanied the Deputy Governor on the visit, assured the rescued victims of quality and optimal health care at the facility, emphasizing that trained medical personnel are on the ground to aid their recovery.

The Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr Gbenga Omotoso, the Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, Dr Idris Salako, and the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development, Abiola Kosegbe, accompanied the Deputy Governor on his visit. 

Dr Abiola Mafe, the Deputy Medical Director of the General Hospital Lagos, welcomed the team.


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