The Lagos State government has assured the victims of the Owode-Onirin scrap market cylinder explosion receiving treatment at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH), Ikeja that it won’t abandon them.
Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Special Duties and Inter governmental Relations, Dr Ibironke Sodeinde said this during her visit on friday.
Sodeinde, who was accompanied by the director fire service, Mr. Rasak Fadipe said her visit was to access the severity of the victims` conditions and assured them that government will not dessert them.
She thanked LASUTH management for providing the necessary medical attention to the victims and described government willingness to pay all medical bills incurred in the course of their treatment as a demonstration of its commitment to their well being.
This, she said, will also cushion the financial hardship on their families and make life comfortable to them all.
Sodeinde said government is not unmindful of the level of exposure of fire fighters to various risks, not only from fire but also from exposure to other hazards in the line of duties.
The victims who were eleven in number as at the time of admission were rushed from the scene of the fire outbreak at Owode- Onirin area of Ikorodu as a result of direct exposure to suspected ammonia gas discharged from busted abandoned cylinder causing the firefighters and the traders who became drowse and unconscious to be rushed to hospital. The fire which escalated from burning of heap of refuse by a resident resulted into the explosion of cylinders which led to the release of a toxic substance that caused the passing out of everyone in contact with it.
The Director Fire noted that firefighters are unsung heroes who have sacrificed their lives under the sun and in the rain to ensure that lives and properties are protected. The fire chief commended the residents and traders of Owode- Onirin for their support and assistance during the fire outbreak. Adding that their intervention and call for medical assistance save the lives of many people. According to him seven victims had been discharged while the remaining four which included two fire fighters – Olugbade Titus, 48 and squad leader Dare John, 58.
The traders are Adewale Nureni (56yrs) and 33 yrs old Kamal Jimoh are all in stable condition and responding to treatment.