The Lagos State Government has said it will foot the medical bills of victims of the accident involving a cement truck and a Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) at Asolo area of Ikorodu in Lagos.
The state Commissioner for Health, Prof. Akin Abayomi, made the disclosure during his visit to victims of the accident at the General Hospital, Ikorodu.
NAN reports that the accident occurred on Tuesday morning at Asolo area on Lagos-Ikorodu Road.
Abayomi expressed deep sympathy with the victims, assuring them of quality and adequate care at the facility.
“On behalf of Governor of Lagos State, Mr Babajide Sanwoolu, who is currently out of the country, I express my sympathy to the victims of this unfortunate incident.
“I assure you that the state government has taken full responsibility and set to ensure that all victims get adequate healthcare free of charge.
“I assure you that the state government will not relent in ensuring that Lagosians get quality healthcare.
“I also use this opportunity to condole with the family members of the deceased,” he said.
Abayomi said of the 53 victims that were brought to the hospital, one was brought in dead, while two others died in the hospital due to the severity of injuries they sustained.
He also explained that eight other victims were referred to other state-owned specialist facilities.
Abayomi added that five of the patients were referred to the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH), Ikeja, while three others were taken to Gbagada General Hospital for further treatment.
The commissioner commended the swift response of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), LASAMBUS, LASTMA and other first responders in the prompt rescue of the accident victims.
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He said that though, the victims sustained different degrees of injuries, they were all responding well to treatment.
Abayomi, however, urged the family members of the victims to be calm and cooperate with the medical team to ensure their quick recovery.