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7/29/2018

OTEDOLA TANKER EXPLOSION: THREE OF NINE BODIES RELEASED SO FAR TO FAMILIES

Otedola tanker explosion: Three of nine bodies released so far to families
Earlier, Commissioner for Health, Dr. Jide Idris, at a press briefing in Ikeja, disclosed that the  Deoxyribonucleic Acid, DNA forensic examination had been concluded, adding that the remains of the deceased would be released to their families for burial beginning from last Saturday. 

The DNA results came barely one month after the explosion that claimed no fewer than 12 lives, including nine that were burnt beyond recognition. Idris noted that it was the first time unidentifiable victims of a mass disaster had been successfully identified locally (in Nigeria) using DNA technology. 

He said the state government, through the Ministry of Health and the Lagos State DNA and Forensic Centre, completed the identification process in less than four weeks after the incident, against the over six months when the practice was to take samples abroad for analysis. According to him, “All recovered victims’ remains were taken to the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, LASUTH, while samples of the wreckagewere picked up by the Lagos State DNA and Forensic Centre, LSD and FC from LASUTH’s Forensic Pathologists under a secured chain of custody.” 

He said the medical care of those injured was still ongoing at the expense of the state government, adding that in all, 10 patients were admitted at government and private hospitals, out of which two died, three discharged and five others still on admission. Confirming the release of the bodies, Chief Medical Director, LASUTH, Prof. Adewale Oke, said only three bodies had been claimed so far since commencement of the exercise.



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