Lagos State’s 2023 gubernatorial candidate of the Labour Party, Gbadebo Rhodes-Vivour (a.k.a GRV) has called for the immediate suspension of the Chief Medical Director (CMD) and the Facility Manager of the Lagos Island General Hospital following the death of Doctor Vwaere Diaso in an elevator accident which occurred at the hospital.
Taking to his Twitter page, GRV wrote: “GRV Calls For Immediate Suspension of CMD and Facility Manager after Death of Young Doctor
In the wake of the tragic and avoidable death of a young female doctor, Vwaere Diaso, in the collapsed elevator accident which occurred today at the General Hospital, Odan, Lagos Island, it is with deep shock and disbelief that this news has been received. The tragic passing of a rising star in a profession whose adherents symbolize compassion and dedication is one incident too much to bear. May God console her family and friends during this difficult period.
In the aftermath of this disturbing event, it is disconcerting that the wife of the Lagos state governor has taken it upon herself to address the protesting doctors. While empathy is appreciated, it is crucial to question why the permanent secretary or the governor himself did not think it compulsory and necessary to show up in person at such a sensitive moment.
Lagos residents’ lives must be valued highly, and there must be an unwavering commitment to a no-nonsense culture in the management of public buildings. Our collective safety is a matter of life and death, and it is not sufficient for regulators to assert their authority solely when private establishments fall short. Public institutions must also be subject to stringent safety standards and regular maintenance to prevent such devastating incidents.
The culpability of the Chief Medical Doctor and the Facility Manager cannot be overlooked in this incident. There are reliable reports that show that the management had been repeatedly warned about the faulty elevator, yet they failed to take appropriate action to rectify the situation. Their negligence has resulted in the loss of a precious life, and they must be held accountable for their inaction. Their negligence in failing to address the repeated complaints about the faulty elevator shows a grave disregard for the safety and lives of those using the facility.
This tragedy serves as a stark reminder that the government and healthcare authorities must prioritize the safety of citizens and medical practitioners alike. It is essential to instil a sense of responsibility and accountability at all levels of governance to ensure that such avoidable disasters never happen again. Let us unite in demanding justice for the late doctor and work towards a future where no one’s life is endangered due to the negligence of those entrusted with our wellbeing.”