Dr Vwaere Diaso: Lagos sacks, blacklists facility managers, suspends LASIAMA GM

Doctor Vwaere Diaso who died in elevator crash

Lagos State Government has sacked facility managers responsible for the care of the quarters where the elevator accident of August 1 claimed the life of Dr Vwaere Diaso at General Hospital, Odan, Lagos Island.

The government made this known in a statement on Sunday.

The statement said, “LASG, in recognition of the importance of providing functional and comfortable accommodation for health workers, outsourced the management of the House Officers Quarters to a facility management company. The Lagos State Infrastructure and Asset Management Agency (LASIAMA) oversees the activities of the facility management company.

“Following the incident, we immediately set up a panel to look into its likely causes, identify persons who might be culpable, and suggest ways of preventing any future occurrence.

“For transparency, the membership of the panel included representatives of the Medical Guild and six representatives of House Officers.”

The government published the panel’s report as follows: “According to its findings, the incident happened around 6.50 pm. Due to the impact, the elevator doors were damaged and needed to be forced open to rescue the trapped house officer. She was extracted at about 7.50 pm and resuscitation commenced immediately. She was wheeled to the emergency room and was immediately attended to by a medical team led by a highly experienced consultant orthopaedic and trauma surgeon. The team was assisted by all house officers who were present at the time. 

“The initial objectives were to ensure a clear airway, maintain breathing, and establish circulation. The team was also joined by two consultant anaesthetists, including the Medical Director, who intubated the patient. Despite all the efforts, she stopped breathing around 8.13pm and Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) commenced. This went on until 8.59pm when she was pronounced dead.

“It is important to state that blood samples for cross-matching had not been taken and there had not been a request for blood at the time CPR commenced; it is not true that blood was not available. The State has a strong network of screening centres where blood is available. Besides, there is a register of voluntary donors who can be mobilised at very short notice.

“It is also important to state that the elevator that crashed was installed brand new in 2021. Elevator experts working with the Lagos Safety Commission have carried out an initial inspection and will be removing the elevator for further mechanical examination to determine why the safety features that should prevent this kind of accident did not work. Their findings will determine if we have a case with the elevator installer.”


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Based on the initial findings, the government said it took the following actions: “We have sacked and blacklisted the Facility Managers.

“The GM of @infoLASIAMA is to immediately proceed on suspension.

“The operations and line of reporting of the facility managers have been restructured to involve the hospital management directly.

“We have handed the installation and maintenance contractors to the police for further investigation and likely prosecution if they are found culpable. The police will also investigate anyone else that might have been found to be negligent.

“Engineers are working to unravel why all the safety devices of the elevator failed at the same time.

“All our staff are fully insured. We have informed our life insurance providers about this incident.

“The @safety_lasg has been directed to immediately carry out an audit of all elevators in public offices. This is besides the usual safety arrangements that have always existed.”