Health News of Friday, 31 January 2014
Most departments of the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital have committed an unpardonable ‘faux pas’ as they do not have fire extinguishers at respective posts to combat a fire outbreak; the few available fire extinguishers in some departments have expired.
The Public Relations Officer of the Ghana National Fire Service, Billy Anaglatey, said this poses a risk to the lives of patients and workers alike should there in case of a fire outbreak.
Citi News’ checks at the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital for instance, revealed that a number of departments in the hospital did not have fire extinguishers.
The Out Patient Department which is one of the biggest in the hospital, mostly full of people at any given time had no fire extinguisher at all.
The next adjoining department; the Eye Center did not have fire extinguishers either.
The Children’s department, however, had four extinguishers which were all expired. The last time they were serviced was two years ago and should have been re-serviced in April 2013.
The Mother’s Hostel, which hosts mothers whose children are on admission at the Children’s Department, had one old extinguisher hanging on the wall of the long corridor. There was no new service or expiry date on the can that was covered in dust.
The story was however, different at the hospital’s administration.
The ground floor had four new extinguishers that had been recently furnished.
The next service date for all four extinguishers was December 2014.
The hospital’s authorities declined to comment on the expired extinguishers when they were queried.
According to statistics from the Ghana National Fire Service, 159 structures in Accra have been razed by fire since the beginning of 2014.
This included the Old Parliament House which housed the Judgment Debt Commission, whose work has stalled since.
Our ineffectual fight against reducing fire outbreaks can be attributed to the lack of extinguishers or expired ones in most structures.
Meanwhile, the Ghana National Fire Service has warned that expired fire extinguishers cannot be used in case of a fire outbreak.
Mr. Anaglatey told Citi News that, the chemical in extinguishers does not work after their expiry date.
He remarked that, “it is important to have fire extinguishers serviced within the time frame that they are supposed to be serviced”.