SCORES of sympathisers thronged the Ekiti State University Teaching Hospital (EKSUTH) in Ado-Ekiti, on Tuesday evening, as bodies of doctors from the state, who died in a road accident, alongside the driver, arrived in the state in an atmosphere of heavy gloom.
The sympathisers had been led by Governor Ayodele Fayose, who waited with his entourage at the Fajuyi Square, where he received the seven ambulances that conveyed the bodies.
Governor Fayose then led a procession that included the motorcade as they marched to EKSUTH mortuary, where the bodies were deposited.
Chief Medical Director of EKSUTH, Dr Kolawole Ogundipe, said the bodies were deposited at the EKSUTH mortuary for the families to see them before they were dispatched to their various locations for burial.
Governor Fayose told newsmen at the mortuary that the state government had already commenced plans to immortalise the deceased, while he charged the families and citizens of the state to take heart.
Fayose described the incident as “an everlasting pain,” adding that “we would assist their families in whatever way we can to assuage their pains.”
The six doctors were Tunde Aladesanmi of the Federal Teaching Hospital, Ido-Ekiti (FETHI); Ojo Taiwo of EKSUTH; Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) state secretary, Akinyele Alex; J. Ogunseye of the Health Management Board; President, EKSUTH Association of Resident Doctors (ARD), Olajide Olayiwola; Dr Adeniyi James of the FETHI and the driver, Mr Moses Ajibola.
They had died in an accident in Kaduna State, on their way to the annual national conference of the Nigeria Medical Association (NMA), currently ongoing in Sokoto State.