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Lagos Hospital Elevator

The Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) convened an eleven-member panel of inquiry to investigate the unfortunate incident surrounding the death of Dr. Diaso Vwaere. Dr. Diaso tragically lost her life in an elevator accident at General Hospital, Lagos Island. The purpose of this report is to present the findings of the investigation, shed light on the circumstances leading to the incident, and provide recommendations to prevent similar incidents in the future.

On 1st August, a tragic incident occurred at General Hospital, Lagos Island, resulting in the untimely demise of Dr. Diaso Vwaere. Dr. Diaso was inside an elevator that fell from the 10th floor of the hospital building. The NMA recognized the need for a thorough investigation to determine the factors that contributed to this unfortunate event.

Findings

After careful examination and analysis, the panel identified several critical findings that shed light on the incident:

  1. Lack of Maintenance Structure: The panel observed a notable absence of a verifiable maintenance structure for the elevator in question. This absence of proper maintenance contributed to the deterioration of the elevator’s operational condition, which ultimately led to the tragic accident.

  2. Safety Standards Oversight: The investigation highlighted that the hospital did not adhere to the recommended safety standards outlined by the Lagos State Safety Commission. The absence of regular maintenance checks, servicing, and certification of the elevator’s safety features were evident deviations from the established safety protocols.

  3. Professional Certification: The panel noted the importance of having hospital assets, including elevators, certified annually by competent professionals. The lack of certification processes in place for the elevator in question contributed to the lack of accountability and oversight regarding its safety mechanisms.

Recommendations:

Based on the findings of the inquiry, the panel puts forth the following recommendations to prevent similar incidents and ensure the safety of hospital personnel and visitors:

  1. Maintenance and Servicing Protocols: Hospitals must establish and maintain a robust maintenance and servicing protocol for all critical assets, including elevators. Regular inspections and servicing should be conducted by qualified technicians to ensure the operational integrity of the equipment.

  2. Compliance with Safety Standards: Hospitals should adhere strictly to the safety standards outlined by the Lagos State Safety Commission. This includes implementing regular safety audits, ensuring compliance with safety regulations, and taking corrective measures promptly.

3.  Annual Certification: Hospital assets, particularly those involving safety, should undergo an annual certification process conducted by competent professionals. This certification process will ensure that all safety mechanisms are in proper working condition, reducing the risk of accidents.

  1. Emergency Response Training: Hospital staff should receive comprehensive training on emergency response protocols in case of accidents or incidents involving critical equipment such as elevators. Preparedness for such scenarios can significantly mitigate potential harm.

The Nigerian Medical Association’s panel of inquiry has provided valuable insights into the circumstances surrounding the tragic elevator incident that led to the loss of Dr. Diaso Vwaere’s life.

It is imperative that hospitals across the region take immediate action to implement the recommended safety measures and protocols. By doing so, they can ensure the safety and well-being of their staff, patients, and visitors. This report underscores the importance of maintaining high safety standards to prevent avoidable accidents and tragedies.

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