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Dean of Egypt's Banha University medical faculty resigns following deadly elevator accident

Seven people were left dead at Banha University Hospital on Tuesday after an elevator crashed to the ground. Prosecutors are still investigating the causes of the incident

Ahram Online , Sunday 4 Feb 2018
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The dean of the Faculty of Medicine at Banha University and the head of Banha University Hospital resigned on Saturday following a deadly elevator accident at the universty's hospital that killed seven people on Tuesday, the Ministry of Higher Education announced on Saturday.

The ministry had earlier dismissed a number of other hospital officials, including the administrative and engineering directors of the university hospital.

On Tuesday evening, seven people were killed and four injured after an elevator in which they were riding crashed at the hospital in Egypt's Qalioubiya Governorate.

On Saturday, Prosecutor General Nabil Sadek Sadek ordered the detention for four days of the director of the maintenance company responsible for the technical maintenance of the hospital's elevators.

Sadek also ordered the arrest of other officials in the company responsible of the maintenance of the elevator that crashed.

The investigations revealed that one of the elevator's cables was severed and there was no anti-fall safety device to prevent it from falling.

According to prosecution investigations, the elevator's maximum load was 1,000 kg, with a capacity of 10 people. However, there has been no official indication that the elevator was overloaded at the time of the incident.

Minister of Higher Education Khaled Abdel-Ghafer has ordered EGP 100,000 in compensation for the families of each of the deceased, and EGP 50,000 for each person injured.

Banha University is a public university located in the Nile Delta governorate of Qalioubiya. The school had an enrollment of 73,070 students in the 2016-2017 academic year.

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