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No fire at Korle Bu- Hospital authorities deny reports

Reports of a fire outbreak at the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital have been described as false and misleading by authorities of the facility.

A worker of the facility had earlier put up a post suggesting parts of the facility, including the maternity block was on fire hence their decision to evacuate all babies there.

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The worker had gone on to suggest the need for an intervention by the Ghana National Fire Service in order to deal with the fire.

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But in a statement signed and released by the hospital’s Public Relations Officer, Mustapha Salifu, the decision to evacuate babies from the maternity block of the hospital was just a precautionary measure taken after smoke was detected from a faulty airconditioner.

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“What happened was an air-conditioner switch in one of the restroom of the doctors started emitting smoke which was detected by staff on duty at around 9pm yesterday. The staff on duty quickly used fire extinguishers to put out the fire before the arrival of the Ghana National Fire Service(GNFS). As a precautionary measure, some of the babies were moved to another wing of the same floor,” portions of the statement read.

Maternity Block of Korle Bu is not on Fire

The Maternity Block of the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital(KBTH) is not on fire as been alleged on social media.

What happened was an air-conditioner switch in one of the restroom of the doctors started emitting smoke which was detected by staff on duty at around 9pm yesterday.

The staff on duty quickly used fire extinguishers to put out the fire before the arrival of the Ghana National Fire Service(GNFS).

As a precautionary measure, some of the babies were moved to another wing of the same floor.

We wish to state no patient or staff suffered any casualties or injury. Normal operations have resumed after assessment by the Ghana National Fire Service indicated that, there was no further threat of danger to either patients or staff.

We wish to commend the staff on duty for their alertness and professionalism.

Mustapha Salifu
Head of PR
Korle Bu Teaching Hospital

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