NewsNigeriaBRT/Train Accident: LASUTH debunks allegations of refusing people access to victims

The Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH) has debunked allegations of refusing people access to victims of the Lagos Train-Bus Accident under the instructions of Governor of Lagos State, Mr Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu.

Professor Adetokunbo O. Fabamwo, the Chief Medical Director, LASUTH in a statement on Monday debunked claims which were making rounds in the social media.

Fabamwo noted that Governor Sanwo-Olu does not interfere with the day-to-day running of the LASUTH, stressing that the instruction came from his office based on medical grounds, to protect the patients.

He said that the patients need time to recover and appealed to the public to respect the privacy of the victims of the ill-fated accident.

The statement reads, “The attention of Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH) management and staff has been drawn to an Instagram post accusing the Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu of giving instructions preventing people from coming into the wards and visiting victims of the unfortunate Train-Bus Accident.

“First and foremost, members of the public should please note that the State Governor, Mr Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu, has never been directly involved in the day to day running of LASUTH.

“The hospital has a management team, led by a renowned Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology and an astute administrator par excellence, Professor Adetokunbo O. Fabamwo.”

He added, “Secondly, the instruction to limit the publicity of these victims and other patients on admission was authorised by the Chief Medical Director. The Governor has never been involved in such decisions,” he added.

“The gentleman in the said video approached us with his request as stated and was advised to convey this decision of management to his principal.

Fabamwo said further, “Furthermore, we wish to put it on record that the governorship candidate of the Labour Party visited these same patients in LASUTH two days ago, and nobody stopped him.

“He was received by top management of the health sector in the state, including the Honourable Commissioner, Ministry of Health, Professor Akin Abayomi.

“There is a great need to respect the privacy of these patients and allow them the needed space and time to recover,” he stressed.

He added, “The members of the public are hereby advised to ignore the Instagram post in question and be rest assured of the genuine concern of the Governor of Lagos State about the health and welfare of everyone.

“They should also trust the management of LASUTH to make decisions and make pronouncements that are clearly devoid of political theatrics and in the best interest of the patients,” he said.

By Uzoamaka Ikezue (Staff Reporter)

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