The Lagos State Government has released the official figures of pupils and adult who died in Wednesday’s collapsed building in Lagos Island.

Pic.9. A child being rescued from the scene of a building, which collapsed at Itafaji on the Lagos Island on Wednesday (13/3/19).
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The Lagos State Government has disclosed that 20 children and adult died in the collapsed building in Itafaaji area of Lagos Island on Wednesday.

State Commissioner for Health, Dr Jide Idris, released the official figures at a news conference at the Lagos Island General Hospital, Lagos, on Friday.

The commissioner also disclosed that 45 people were rescued alive and were receiving treatment.

According to him, the corpses have been released to the families for burial.

He said, however, that  45 persons survived the collapse and were managed across some of the state health facilities, including Lagos Island General Hospital,  Massey Street Children’s Hospital,  Onikan Health Centre and the Gbagada General Hospital.

Others are Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH), Ikeja; National Orthopaedic Hospital, Igbobi, and Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), Idi-Araba.

“Out of the 45 survivors known to the government as at this morning, 14, including 10 children and four adults, are still receiving medical attention at Lagos Island General Hospital.

“More survivors will still be discharged to their families before the close of work today, “ he said.

The Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, commended the state government for prompt response and efficient healthcare management of survivors of the accident.

Adewole also commended the government for granting free medical care to the victims in order to remove any barriers to prompt, qualitative and comprehensive care needed or the rehabilitation of victims.

“I am greatly impressed by the promptness of the emergency response of the state and the efficient healthcare deployed to ensure that the survivors of the sad incident are stabilised and kept alive, “ he said.

The minister said that there were plans to strengthen the healthcare system across the states in order to address emergencies and save lives from emergency situations.

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He urged other states of the federation to emulate Lagos State in order to attend to emergencies and save lives.

“I also want to appeal to the media and Nigerians to report suspected unregistered schools in an environment not ideal for learning, “ Adewole said.

DD reports that the Lagos State Government on Friday began the demolition of distressed buildings on Lagos Island.

The move is as a result of the collapsed three-storey building at Itafaji area of Lagos Islands in which several people, majorly school children were killed.

Officials of the Lagos State Building Control Agency (LASBCA), backed by policemen stormed Freeman Street, Lagos Island around 9:50 am and immediately began demolition.

It was gathered that a three-storey building at 60 Freeman Street was being demolished as at 10 am on Friday.

Also, Lasema has said there is no casualty left under the debris of the collapsed building in the area.

General Manager of Lasema, Adesina Tiamiyu, who spoke with newsmen at the site of the incident on Thursday morning, said those trapped in the collapsed building had been rescued.

Tiamiyu also denied claims that over 100 pupils were trapped in the collapsed building.

He said: “I have seen the picture of the building before it collapsed and I can confirm to you that the floor that housed the school cannot accommodate up to 100 pupils.”

He added that “only the school administrator can tell us the number of pupils in the school, but the proprietor is also at the hospital receiving treatment and we can’t confirm that now.”

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