Monday, 30 July 2018

Otedola Bridge fire: 9 bodies identified through DNA Test

The Commissioner for Health, Jide Idris, who confirmed the development, said that the family had been identified at Lagos State DNA and Forensic Center, LSD & FC, and had been matched.

"On July 5, 2018, Samples from the incident are being picked up by LSD & FC staff from the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH) Forensic Pathologist, under secured chain of custody," said Dr. Idris.

"References DNA profiles were generated at LSD & FC from the family members and compared to the DNA profiles generated from the victims' samples received from the Forensic Pathologist.

"Based on the DNA analysis performed at LSD & FC, all samples were successfully matched to the samples." Nine bodies have been successfully matched to nine families, out of the 11 families that showed up at LSD & FC.

"They are now ready to be handed over to the rightful families for necessary burial arrangements."

He said the collection will remain at 10.00am July 28 at the Seminar Room of the Pathology & Forensic Medicine Department of the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH), Ikeja.

The commissioner said that this was the first time unidentified victims of a mass disaster had been successfully identified locally using DNA technology.

He said that the identification process has been completed in the past few months.

"I also wish to make the most of the fact that it is easy to be reduced to the minimum barometric test level already being experienced by the bereaved families.

"As a government, we share the concerns of the affected families and associates on the identification and the need for the release of the loved ones.

"However, we believe that the entire investigation is conducted in the interest of the state of the world, and that it is the responsibility of the government and the government," Idris added.

He said that some of the victims of the accident are currently being treated at the Trauma & Burns Center, Gbagada General Hospital and LASUTH and are responding to treatment.

Ten patients were admitted to the state's various hospitals, two died, three discharged and five are still on admission.

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