Tamale Hospital Stores destroyed by fire

Debris of the fire at the Tamale Teaching HospitalFire yesterday gutted the Labora-tory Stores of the Tamale Teaching Hospital, destroying a large quantity of drugs and hospital equipment.

The cause of the fire is yet to be determined, but some workers saw the fire starting from the CCTV Room at about 8 a.m.

Personnel from the Ghana National Fire Service arrived in good time to stop it from spreading further.

The latest fire comes after the recent one that gutted the Central Medical Stores at Tema, destroying medicines and property worth about GH¢270 million.

Dr. Prosper Akambon, Chief Executive Officer of the Tamale Teaching Hospital, speaking to journalists, expressed concern over the incident, but said it would not affect the medical supply in the hospital.

He said investigations to assess the extent and impact of the destruction had started, and there is no cause for alarm.

“There is no cause for alarm”, he stated, adding “We can still deliver quality health service since many of our major equipments and drugs have not been affected.”

The CEO commended the staff of the hospital for assisting in retrieving many of the equipments and drugs, and also praised the firemen for saving the situation in time.

“But for the timely arrival of the officials of the Fire Service, a lot of equipments would have been destroyed,” he said.

The Deputy Regional Fire Commander, Douglas D. Koyiri, said his outfit was investigating the fire outbreak to establish its cause.

The Northern Regional Police Public Relations Officer, Assistant Superintend of Police (ASP) Ebenezer Tetteh, said the security personnel would liaise with the hospital authorities to get to the bottom of the fire outbreak.

From Yakubu Abdul-Majeed, Tamale

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