Nigeria collapse: SA ready to receive injured victims

26 injured South Africans will arrive via a chartered flight and be transferred to the Steve Biko Hospital.

Emergency Service arriving at the Swartkop Air Force Base in Pretoria will transport victims to the Steve Biko Hospital. Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN.

PRETORIA - Special arrangements have been made for the survivors of the Lagos building collapse when they land in Pretoria this morning.

The chartered plane is expected to touch down at the Swartkop Air Force Base with injured South Africans, including three children, on board.

The group will all undergo medical observation at the Steve Biko Academic Hospital in Pretoria.

A six-storey guest house at 'Prophet' TB Joshua's Synagogue Church of All Nations in Nigeria's capital collapsed more than a week ago, killing 84 South African citizens.

The injured were tracked down by another South African government team sent to Lagos.

Government's spokesperson Phumla Williams says the patients are accompanied by a highly skilled medical team.

"It's a full suite of doctors and orthopaedics, because some of them have got fractures, and they also have nurses taking care of them."

So far 15 ambulances have driven into the base to take up their positions.

Government says special arrangements have been made to accommodate the families of the victims at the Steve Biko Academic Hospital as well.

In addition to patients undergoing observation, they will also undergo a number of tests before being moved or discharged.

Social development personnel will also be on standby at the hospital, to provide counselling to the families.