A yet-to-be-identified man has been reported dead after he collapsed while jogging on Sunday morning on WEMCO road, Ogba, Lagos State.
Reports state that the man had collapsed due to cardiac arrest and that all efforts to rescue him including the cardiopulmonary resuscitation performed on him proved abortive as he died on the spot.
According to Punchng,an eyewitness ,Ayobami Adedeji, said that the man started gasping immediately he fell on the pavement and that the man could have been saved if a medical expert had responded to him on time.
Adedeji said, “I was jogging in the morning along the WEMCO Road, Ogba, around 6.30am, when I suddenly heard people shouting behind me. When I looked back, I saw a man lying on the floor and people started gathering to attend to him.
“I knew it was an emergency, so I moved closer and saw the man gasping; the people who rushed to his rescue and I did a cardiopulmonary resuscitation procedure by applying pressure to his chest, because it was obvious that he had suffered cardiac arrest while jogging. The man struggled to regain consciousness, but unfortunately, he didn’t and he died.
“I was fortunate to have my phone on me, so I called the emergency lines for over an hour but nobody showed up. I called the 747 and was told that responders were coming, but when we didn’t see them, I called again and the lady, who picked the call, started apologising. I became angry and started shouting at her that the emergency unit at Alausa was not far from the WEMCO Road and it was Sunday morning and there was no traffic anywhere.”
General Manager, LASEMA, Dr Oluwafemi Oke-Osanyintolu, said the man suffered suspected cardiac arrest while jogging, adding that his remains had been conveyed to the mortuary.
He urged Lagos residents to consult their doctors before embarking on any strenuous exercise to prevent health problems.