The recent fire outbreaks have pushed Members of Parliament (MPs) to appeal to government to take steps to ensure that all government institutions, especially hospitals and clinics throughout the country are insured to prevent any form of disaster.
The call comes on the heels of the many fire outbreaks witnessed throughout the country in recent past with the latest being the Winneba Government Hospital in the Central Region.
Taken a cue from the unfortunate incident at the Hospital which occurred last month, the New Patriotic Party’s (NPP) MP for Effutu Alexander Afenyo-Markin, suggested that government needed to put in place measures to absorb it-self from allocating huge funds for the reconstruction and refurbishment of these facilities after these disasters occur.
“Government should take steps to insure all government health facilities nationwide so that any such future occurrences would not become a burden on public funds, since fire outbreaks are not predictable and inevitable considering recent experiences in the country.
Mr. Markin was worried about the current state of the hospital, which is located in his Constituency, as it is reported that medical equipment and items estimated at GH¢2million were said to have been destroyed in the inferno.
According to the Medical Superintendent of the Hospital, Dr George Prah, even though there were no casualties, the fire caused extensive damage to medical equipments including, surgery equipment, uniform materials, laboratory regents, stationery, staff uniforms, protective clothing, documents, patient folders, computers and accessories.
The MPs urged government and other private institutions to urgently come to the aid of the hospital to help replace those equipment that were destroyed, to facilitate smooth running of the medical facility.
While Members called for insurance for these government facilities, the Members in unison cautioned officials and workers of these institutions to adopt culture of maintenance.
They argued that such measures will help curb disasters, such as fire outbreaks.