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Negligent Rivers staff face punishment over hospital fire

28 December 2015, 08:43Augustine Osayande

Abuja - Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, warned the government would sanction officials if found complicit in the fire that gutted the Braithwaite Memorial Hospital, Port Harcourt.

A panel of inquiry has been set up to investigate the cause of the fire that ravaged parts of the state-owned facility on Sunday.

“If it is as a result of negligence, those involved will be sanctioned. We must endeavour to protect Government property at all times,” Wike said.

He nonetheless sympathized with the doctors affected by this fire incident.

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“We thank God that no life was lost,” said Wike.

The governor, during his visit to the Doctor's Quarters, where he went to supervise efforts to put out the inferno, directed that all the five doctors and Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health residing at the facility be immediately relocated to Government Guest Houses, together with their families.

He commended the fire fighters from the State Fire Service, Nigeria Ports Authority and Shell among others who put of the inferno and prevented it from spreading.

Wike announced that the State Government would rebuild the burnt quarters.

The fire, whose cause could not immediately be ascertained, started from the top floor of the two -storey building at about 15h00 and completely damaged that floor.

- CAJ News


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