It won’t come as a surprise to many that there’s been confirmed that arsonists were responsible for the massive fire outbreak which took the whole of the biggest drug storage and distribution outlet in the country, Ghana’s Central Medical Stores.
The incident had put a halt to medical services for a while in the country. A recent report has said that it was arsonists who set the place on fire. Speculations have always had it since the incident that it was a deliberate act.
It was gathered that before the incident, the Minister of Health, Dr Kwaku Agyemang-Mensah, had set up a committee to investigate the management of the Central Medical Stores at Tema after he was displeased with the way things were being run in the warehouse. Before the investigating committee could begin their assignment, a fire which started in a bush nearby spread to the medical warehouse, consumed and brought to the lowest level every thing they had in stock.
The fire lasted for over seven hours with fire fighters doing everything they could to put it out. After exhausting their aces, the Ghana Fire Service said it was the most difficult fire incident in recent times. The intensity of the fire was later reduced when Fire engines from Tema Oil Refinery, Ghana Ports and Harbour Authority, and the Military intervened
Over GHC200 million worth of drugs and equipment including drugs for tuberculosis, HIV and also medications for treating Ebola, to mention a few were kept there at the Central Medical Stores. Investigations kicked off immediately to find out the cause of the fire although some speculations proved almost certain it was arson.
The Health Minister Alex Segbefia has said that this report when finally released will reconcile the speculations and equally give details of facts concerning the current situation with the stores.