Fire Guts Walewale Hospital Pharmacy
Fire on Monday morning gutted the Pharmacy Unit of the Walewale District Hospital in the Northern Region.
According to an eye witness, Yussifu Mashoud, the fire started around 9:00am as bystanders made efforts to control its fury.
He said, “When the fire started fortunately there were a lot of women at the health insurance office, which is close to the pharmacy unit, and they supported by getting enough water, and the men also came together to see how best they could deal with the fire.”
However, personnel of the Ghana National Fire Service who arrived at the scene 30 minutes after the call was placed, managed to prevent the fire from spreading to other parts of the hospital and salvaged some items from the affected area.
The actual cause of the fire is not known nonetheless the fire service and the team from the National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO), are investigating to ascertain the cause of the fire.
Fire Service response not timely.
Meanwhile, witnesses at the fire scene had expressed worry over fire service’s late response but in defence, the personnel noted that, they had used three minutes to get to there and that the call was placed on 192―connecting the callers to the headquarters and not the Walewale office.
The fire attendants explained that the call had to be redirected to the Walewale office and that led to the delay.
No injuries or fatalities were recorded.