By Tunde Sanni
Another kid has died among the 15 who were trapped in the ill-fated school bus of a nursery and primary school in Ibadan, Oyo State which got burnt on motion last week Wednesday. It has now brought the death toll in the ill-fated bus tragedy to six.
The father of the latest victim is one Mallam Yakubu AbdulRasak who lost two of his children in the hospital last Friday.
The spokesman of the University College Hospital (UCH), Femi Bobade, has however pleaded with newsmen not to be sensational on the kids’ case, pleading with them to report the stories about them factually and truthfully without any embellishment.
The state governor, Abiola Ajimobi, has also supplied the hospital with medical equipment to facilitate treatment and quick recovery of the kids.
The governor had promised to donate the equipment last week Thursday when he went to assess the situation of the kids and promised to deliver the equipment as soon as possible.
The governor had ordered the immediate release of N6 million for the purchase of the equipment.
The UCH management has frowned at some national dailies which put the death toll of the kids as in their last week publications to seven, describing such reports as misinforming and misleading.
Ajimobi and the state police chief, Yabo Mohammed were in the hospital to access the situation and deliver the procured medical equipment to the hospital.
Bobade stated that the equipment, Intensive Care Unit (ICU) Ventilator was brought in by the governor in line with his promise to procure the needed equipment to treat the children.
He also ordered that the supplier of the equipment should be escorted to and from Lagos by security operatives attached to his office so as to hasten the arrival of the equipment.
Ajimobi had earlier been told by the Chairman, Medical Advisory Committee of the hospital, Dr. Biodun Otegbayo, that some of the children were in critical condition and needed urgent medical attention, adding, however, that the hospital did not have the equipment.
Aside the purchase of the equipment, he also said that the medical bill of the children would be borne by the government.
Ajimobi, while commiserating with the parents and guardians of the children, said that thorough investigation would be carried out on the school to determine if there was any negligence that led to the incident.
He said that appropriate sanction would be taken against the management of the school if any case of negligence was established.
“We take this opportunity to warn school proprietors to care for the safety of our children; safety is very paramount, and we shall be investigating to know what has happened and where we believe that there was negligence, we will take appropriate sanction,” he said.
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