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Lagos govt to pay medical bills of Ikoyi building collapse victims

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The Lagos State government has promised to sort out the medical bills of the victims rescued from the building which collapsed in the Ikoyi Area of the state on Monday.

This is as the state restated its determination to ensure that as many people as possible are rescued alive from the rubble.

A statement issued by the state government on Tuesday said the Deputy Governor, Obafemi Hamzat, disclosed this while speaking with journalists and relatives of the victims during the monitoring of the ongoing search and rescue operations by agencies of government.

“The Deputy Governor, who was accompanied to the site by top government officials, said the focus of government, for now, is to ensure that the ongoing rescue operations yield positive results such that those still trapped in the rubble are brought out alive,” the statement said.

Hamzat was quoted as saying, “Nine people have been rescued alive and taken to the hospital while 10 dead bodies have been recovered. Out of the nine survivors, three have been discharged from the hospital while six are in stable condition and are doing well. The focus of the operation right now is to rescue those that are trapped.”

According to the statement, “Hamzat also stated that it will be difficult to ascertain the number of the trapped victims, noting that the building is still under construction and not yet occupied.

“Stating that the project site was sealed up for four months by the relevant agency because of some anomalies in the construction process, the Deputy Governor gave further assurance that other adjourning buildings in the axis will be subjected to the Structural Integrity Test for appropriate action.

“He emphasised that the state government would not relent in its efforts at ensuring that buildings under construction in Lagos are subjected to structural integrity tests to prevent issues of building collapse.

“The Deputy Governor, who also led other top government officials to the Lagos General Hospital, Marina, where the survivors are being treated, promised that the State Government will take full responsibility for the treatment and medical bills of rescued victims of the Ikoyi building collapse.”

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