One of the medical doctors who survived the accident that claimed the lives of six doctors in the employ of the Ekiti State Government and the Chairman of the Ekiti State branch of the Nigerian Medical Association, Dr. John Akinbote, has blamed the death of the doctors on lack of doctors and immediate medical attention in the hospital they were rushed to.
“Those that died would have survived if we got good medical attention from the point of the accident to the Doka General Hospital in Kaduna. It became even worse when we got to Doka Hospital and there was no single doctor to attend to us and the only nurse on duty had no first aid facilities to administer treatment.
Dr. Akinbote, who spoke with journalists on his hospital bed at St. Gerard Hospital, Kaduna insisted that lack of immediate medical care was the undoing of the late doctors and the driver of the vehicle.
“I am sure if the FRSC personnel that took us to Doka Hospital and the nurse on duty had medical facilities to give first aid treatment, our doctors and driver wouldn’t have died.”
Another survivor, Dr. Stephen Ayosanmi, said the driver had slammed the brakes when the tyre burst, causing the bus to somersault.
The doctors were involved in an accident on the Abuja-Kaduna Expressway on their way to Sokoto for the 56th Annual General Meeting of the NMA. The surviving doctors are currently receiving treatment at Grarad Hospital.
Those who lost their lives in the accident included Dr. Alex Akinyele, Dr. Tunde Adesanmi, Dr. O.J. Taiwo, Dr. J. B. Ogunseye, Dr. O. Olajide, Dr. Atolani Adeniyi, and the driver, A. Ajibola.
Meanwhile, the Kaduna State Sector Command of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) has attributed the accident to over speeding.
The Sector Head of Operations, Deputy Corps Commander Salisu Galadunci, who spoke in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Kaduna said: “twelve medical doctors and a driver were in an 18-seater bus travelling to Sokoto for the Nigeria Medical Association’s annual conference and had a tyre burst due to over speeding.
“The vehicle overturned with the occupants and six of the doctors died along with the driver, while six others survived with various degrees of injuries.
“Bodies of the victims were evacuated to St. Gerard Hospital for depositing and medical attention.”
Galadunci said that over speeding was responsible for a larger percentage of accidents on Nigerian roads.
The officer advised drivers to desist from over speeding to save lives. [myad]