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Fire guts Habana hospital; management suspends operation

The management of Habana hospital, a private specialized hospital has suspended operations following a fire which gutted portions of the building. The incident management said occurred between 10 A.M and 11 A.M Monday 29th,2021. The labor ward where the fire started consumed all the expensive medical equipment.

According to the management, the alert from construction workers behind the labor ward averted further spread of the fire to the entire building.

The about 10 in-patients on admission have to be evacuated immediately before the timely arrival of the personnel from the Ghana National Fire Service personnel in about 15 minutes time. The management believe they suffered unjustifiably in the ongoing erratic power supply that has hit the country in recent times.

The school of hygiene area where the facility is located is one of the hard-hit areas of unstable power supply. Equipment and gadgets at the hospital including x-ray, air-conditions has been destroyed as a result of power surge, the management recounted.

Burnt incubator

Narrating the incident to Zaa News, Chief Executive Officer of the Hospital, Dr Thomas Anaba said even though cause is yet to be established, Northern Electricity Distribution Company (NEDCO) cannot exonerate itself from the damage caused because the voltage regulator indicated that power from NEDCO rise above the required voltage.

The former Greater Accra Regional Hospital (Ridge hospital) CEO said he has procured a number of automatic voltage regulators and that has helped in drawing staff and even patients’ attention to dangers associated with the current erratic power supply. The labor ward Dr Anaba said has no patient at the time of the fire incident.

Behind the labor ward where the fire started

Equipment including special delivery bed, incubators, rigging warmer and all disposable tools got burnt beyond recognition.  Dr Anaba further explained that he drew the attention of NEDCo to the unstainable power several times and was promised separate transformer which is yet to be delivered.

 He stated that nothing can convince him it wasn’t power fluctuation that caused the incident and that the management has for the past months incurred losses and may have to take action including legal if the need arises against NEDCO. Our source within the communication directorate of NEDCo says their attention is yet to be drawn to the incident.  

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