Tears As Ekiti Loses Six Doctors In Road Crash
BEVERLY HILLS, April 25, (THEWILL) – Ekiti State has confirmed the death of six doctors, on their driver, in a road mishap, describing the accident as “the lowest point in the history of the state” and has declared three days of mourning.
The doctors were on their way to Sokoto for a free medical mission organised by the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) and had the accident on Sunday afternoon, just a few kilometres to Kaduna.
The deceased are Dr. Aladesanmi, Federal Medical Centre (FMC), Ido-Ekiti; Dr. Ojo Taiwo, Ekiti State University Teaching Hospital (EKSUTH); Dr. Akinyele Lexy, NMA secretary; Dr. Ogunseye, Health Management Board (HMB); Dr. Olajide, President, Association of Resident Doctors (ARD), EKSUTH; Dr. Adeniyi James of the FMC and Mr Ajibola, the driver.
The State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, described the deaths as “a monumental loss not only to the people of Ekiti state but to Nigerians”.
He added that all flags are to be flown at half-mast as the state will mourn the victims on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.
“Ekiti has lost some of the best trees in its forest of medicine. I am deeply sad. This is one loss too many,” he said in a press statement.
“Death of seven prominent indigenes of a state in one day and at the same period is a burden too heavy to bear and it is my prayer that God, who is the only giver and taker of live will give Ekiti people the fortitude to bear this irreparable loss.
“It is my prayer that tragic incident like this will not be witnessed in Ekiti State again and that God in His infinite mercies will console the families of the deceased.
“On behalf of my family, Government and people of Ekiti State, I express our heartfelt condolence for the loss of these promising sons of Ekiti and wish their families, friends and professional colleagues the continued support and guidance of the Almighty God.”
Story by David Oputah