Survivors of Nigeria tragedy are cleared of dangerous infections

2014-09-24 16:11

Six people who were injured in a building collapse in Nigeria have been discharged from the Steve Biko Academic Hospital and all of the survivors have been cleared of dangerous infections.

“It was five but now its gone up to six who have been discharged,” the hospital’s deputy chief executive Dr Mathabo Mathebula said today.

“None of the [25 admitted] patients had any dangerous infections; they are all fine.”

About 115 people, among them 84 South Africans, were killed and dozens trapped when a multistorey guesthouse attached to the Synagogue Church of All Nations, run by Nigerian preacher TB Joshua, collapsed in Lagos on September 12.

About 350 South Africans were thought to be visiting the church when the accident happened.

Twenty-five injured survivors arrived in South Africa on Monday and were taken to the hospital for treatment.

At the time, Deputy Social Development Minister Hendrietta Bogopane-Zulu told reporters in Pretoria that the patients were under a 48-hour lockdown to check for airborne diseases.

Mathebula told Sapa it was not a “lockdown” but an observation.

“It was an observation to make sure that everything was treated, not only infections but also injuries,” she said.

“We were making sure they got proper treatment and making sure each and every problem was being treated.”

She said of the 25 who were admitted to hospital, two remained in a critical condition, while a few others were seriously injured.

“Many of them had broken arms and legs. Most of them are women.

“I must say they are recovering very well. They just need extra care. Most of them still need treatment; that’s why they are still in hospital.”

All the injured survivors also received trauma counselling at hospital, said Mathebula.

The SABC, meanwhile, reported that another 38 South African survivors had returned to the country this morning.

“They were quickly whisked away by security and police shortly after their arrival at OR Tambo International Airport to receive counselling,” it reported.

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