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Korle Bu rubbishes reports that maternity block caught fire yesterday

Management of the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital have denied reports that the maternity block of the hospital caught fire yesterday, April 6, 2021.

Management’s comments is in response to a viral video circulated on social media around 11pm on Tuesday, April 6, 2021.

The minute video, shared by one Maxwell Akpabli showed nurses at the maternity ward of the hospital, attempting to evacuate some newly born babies from a room believed to be on fire.

In the commentary on the video, the male voice alleged that although the Ghana Fire Service has been called, personnel are yet to arrive on scene.

Again, viewers were asked to come to the aid of hospital staff and the babies if they were interested in helping.

But rubbishing the claims, the Public Relations Officer for the Hospital, Mustapha Salifu described it as an exaggeration.

According to him, an air-conditioning system at the doctors’ restroom caught fire, but the situation was quickly contained.

Maternity Block of Korle Bu is not on Fire The Maternity Block of the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital(KBTH) is not on fire…

Posted by Kobby Blay on Tuesday, April 6, 2021

Below is the statement

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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