A total of 12 persons are confirmed dead from last Thursday Lagos tanker explosion which occurred on the Otedola bridge along Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.
Commissioner for Health, Dr Jide Idris said, death toll rose from earlier announced nine to 12 as three of the victims who were badly burnt, died on reaching hospital.
According to him, “From statistics with us, 10 persons (including a minor) regrettably lost their lives to the inferno and they were all burnt beyond recognition. 2 others also lost their lives while receiving treatment at health facilities”.
Idris disclosed, “The victims of the accident were swiftly taken to three of our hospitals namely; the Accident & Emergency Centre at the Toll Gate, the Trauma & Burns Centre, Gbagada General Hospital and the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH) for prompt medical treatment.
“A total of seven (7) patients were received at the facilities and our personnel swiftly commenced their treatment.
“Five of the victims, comprising four males and a female were taken to the Trauma & Burns Centre, Gbagada General Hospital with varying degrees of burns.
“Unfortunately, we lost one of the patients who had 90% burns”, said Idris.
At the moment said Idris, a total number of five survivors from the Lagos tanker explosion with various degrees of burns are responding to treatment at both Gbagada General Hospital Burns and Trauma Centre and Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH ), Ikeja.
“The remaining four victims who had burns ranging between 8% to 48% burns are stable and responding to treatment”, he said.
“Additionally, two patients: a 48 year-old male who also presented with extensive burns and a 42 year-old male with soft tissue injuries were brought to the Burns and Plastic Unit, Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH).
“I wish to State that one of them has been discharged while the other person is stable and responding to treatment”.
The commissioners announced that the process to identify the charred remains of the victims from the tanker explosion will commence on Tuesday with collection of body fluid samples from families and matching these with samples taken from the charred remains in a DNA forensic test.
Those eligible to donate body samples for DNA test include: Mother/father of victim, child of victim, sibling of victim and Uncle or Aunt of victim.
The families are directed to go to the State DNA and Forensic Centre, 48 Broad Street, Lagos Island (opposite CMS Bookshop). They are open to collect DNA samples from 10am-3pm Monday to Friday.
Contact person is the Head of the Centre, Dr Somiari with phone no: +2348075537342. At the same time our Pathologist would commence the necessary autopsies on the victims starting from tomorrow.
He said the cost of procuring the DNA will be borne by the State government while the outcome of the test will be available within two to three weeks and death certificates issued to only confirmed victims to allow for burial.
The government however appealed to families who have victims from the tanker explosion and are being treated in private health facilities to notify the Ministry of Health for proper collation through this number – 08155140612 (Dr. Kola Korolo)