The Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH), Ikeja on Wednesday said it had concluded the collection of DNA samples for the victims of the collapsed building which occurred at the Synagogue Church of All Nations, Lagos.

Prof. Olawale Oke, the Chief Medical Director of the hospital said this at a news conference to give account of stewardship by the newly inaugurated Management board of the hospital.

The Board was constituted and inaugurated and sworn in on May 20, 2013.

Oke said that they were awaiting the results of the DNA samples sent to South Africa for analyses.

“Well you are aware that there is an inquest on now, so there is limitation of what I can tell you about this. But I can tell you that the Lagos State teaching Hospital, under the aegis of the Lagos State Government have collected the samples of families of victims of the building collapse for DNA testing at the Pathology and Forensic Medicine, LASUTH.

“To ensure that all victims of the building collapse are identified and delivered to their various families for proper burial rites and closure.

“The DNA is being done free, but because 80 per cent of the victims were South Africans, for us to take specimen from the relations, you have to bring at least two relatives from South Africa to Nigeria.

“So, the State decided to select a Lab in South Africa that is equally competent to do the DNA, so that the 80 per cent of the relations who are South African can have their specimen taken.

“The Nigerian counterparts, their specimen have been taken and the same specimen has been flown to South Africa. The post-mortem for all of them had been  conducted, the dental recognition process had been done, X-rays had been done where necessary and so, we are just waiting for the results to be out,” he said.

Also speaking, Dr Francis Williams, Chairman of the board said that the hospital had the capacity to effectively manage crises and emergencies within the state.

William said that with the help of the state government, the hospital had also improved in terms of patient care, infrastructural development, staff welfare and training as well as procurement and refurbishment of medical equipment.

He, however, urged the public to utilise the services of the primary healthcare centres and general hospitals within their vicinities to decongest the high number of patients that throng the hospital for effective healthcare delivery.


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