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IKEJA TRAIN ACCIDENT: LASUTH Director explains process for accident emergencies after online criticism from Kate Henshaw (VIDEO)



Ikeja Train Accident

The Ikeja train accident saw many people injured with some pronounced dead.

  • Celebrities and netizens criticized the usage of a triage after the Ikeja train accident.

  • The LASUTH head had to clarify the procedures involved in emergencies.

The aftermath of the ghastly Ikeja train accident continues with two people killed and many others injured on Thursday.

This was when a moving train crashed into a BRT bus at the PWD bus stop in Ikeja area of the state.


Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, who visited the hospital, said two persons died at the scene of the accident and four at the hospital.

He said 85 passengers were involved in all, 42 with moderate injuries, 29 with serious injuries while eight have mild injuries.

The sights from the scene are gory as passersby watch in horror even as dead and injured victims were extricated from the bus which was hit right on the rail tracks.


The Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) spokesman, Adebayo Taofiq said though the bus involved in the crash is the same as the regular BRT buses in the state, the bus was a staff bus of the Lagos State Government.


Meanwhile, Kate Henshaw got into a Twitter argument with Gboyega Akosile, the spokesman of the Lagos State Governor, over the usage of a TRIAGE while treating the victims.

A Triage is the preliminary assessment of patients or casualties in order to determine the urgency of their need for treatment and the nature of treatment required.

Akosile, in a series of tweets, cautioned Henshaw and other celebrities from ruling the citizens through misinformation.

He said, “Our attention has been drawn to a video making the rounds about the treatment of the patients who were involved in the early morning accident at LASUTH. For the avoidance doubt, no one is treated on the floor. What you see is called TRIAGE! It’s a global standard practice in the hospital during an emergency of this magnitude. A Triage is the preliminary assessment of patients or casualties in order to determine the urgency of their need for treatment and the nature of treatment required. @HenshawKate @lindaikeji and others should take note. Thank you.”


However, the actress fired back saying, “Gboyega, @gboyegaakosile, I know what a TRIAGE is.
Preliminary assessment is a sort of treatment. The survivors have to at least be attended to & made comfortable. Hopefully they will all get treated properly inside the hospital if there is enough room.”


This elicited reactions from some Twitter users, who slammed Henshaw for her ignorance regarding medical procedures.

Some Reactions 

LASUTH Responds 

In order to clarify the situation, the Chief Medical Director of the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH), Prof Tokunbo Fabamwo, explained the reason behind the establishment of a triage.

He said, “The whole situation has been sorted out only for us to see ignorant comments by certain people concerning the way we triage. And I would like to seize the opportunity to say we triaged in compliance with international best practices. 

“When you have huge number of casualties, there is no way you can have vacant emergency beds, so the whole idea is to put them in an open space in order to clearly see the injuries they have. The health workers will be able to move around freely to ascertain the kind of injuries they are dealing with. That is the principle of triaging. 

“So this nonsensical talk about treating people on the floor should stop. People should stop criticizing us about that.”