10 Ijegun explosion victims die from 100% burns – LASG

10 Ijegun explosion victims die from 100% burns – LASG

The Lagos State Ministry of Health said 10 victims of the Ijegun pipeline explosion died because they suffered almost 100 per cent degree burns. The Permanent Secretary in the ministry, Dr Titilayo Goncalves, said the survivors of the tragedy were receiving treatment at designated government facilities free of charge. Fire broke out last Thursday, July

The Lagos State Ministry of Health said 10 victims of the Ijegun pipeline explosion died because they suffered almost 100 per cent degree burns.
The Permanent Secretary in the ministry, Dr Titilayo Goncalves, said the survivors of the tragedy were receiving treatment at designated government facilities free of charge. Fire broke out last Thursday, July 4, after the police intercepted some hoodlums siphoning fuel from a vandalised pipeline of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation in the Ijegun area.
Two people died on the spot, while 30 vehicles were said to have been burnt as many injured victims were rushed to hospitals for treatment.
Gonclaves, during a visit to the victims at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital on Monday, noted that the state government was providing the best care to the survivors to ensure their full recovery. She explained that out of the 22 victims rescued by the Lagos State Ambulance Service, nine were taken to LASUTH, 12 to the Trauma and Burns Unit, Gbagada General Hospital and one to the Alimosho General Hospital.
The permanent secretary said while three of the victims died at LASUTH, seven died at the Gbagada General Hospital.
She said, “Unfortunately, due to the high degree of burns suffered by these victims, which is almost at 100 per cent, we lost 10 of them. But we are doing everything possible to ensure that no other life is lost and we will continue to do all in our might to provide intensive care for the remaining and from reports received they are responding to treatment.
“Treatment of victims with high percentage of burns requires intensive care and management which should follow some treatment protocol and this is why I am appealing to families of the victims to be calm and cooperate with our health workers as they care for their loved ones,” Goncalves stated.
The Chief Medical Director, LASUTH, Dr Adetokunbo Fabamwo, stated that the teaching hospital and its annex, Trauma and Burns Unit, Gbagada General Hospital was providing care and support to aid quick recovery of survivors.
“LASUTH alone has expended about N6m so far to cover laboratory investigations, X-rays, consumables and medications. In fact, one of the patients was treated with silver patches costing N350,000,” Fabamwo said.
He advised families of victims not to liaise with any non-hospital staff and report any case of extortion or ill treatment by any person to his office or call him on 08037787788 or the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health on 08023049478.

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