Main cause of Korle Bu maternity block fire outbreak revealed by PRO

cause of Korle Bu maternity block fire outbreak

Main cause of Korle Bu maternity block fire outbreak revealed by Public Relations Officer of the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital, Mustapha Salifu.

The fire outbreak was believed to have started around 1am on Wednesday 7th April 2021.

The person filming the incident claimed that the Ghana National Fire Service had been called, but its personnel were yet to get to the hospital to help douse the flame.

The narrator said, “we have called on the fire service to rush here to secure the place but they are not picking”.

The Head of Public Relations at Korle Bu Teaching Hospital, Mustapha Salifu, has dismissed reports that the Maternity Block of the facility caught fire Tuesday night.

“What happened was an air-conditioner switch in one of the restrooms 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,”   he explained in a statement on Wednesday, April 7.

The full statement read.

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

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