Residents of Nabango in the Kassena Nankana West District of the Upper East Region, would have to seek healthcare outside the town following a fire outbreak that destroyed a nurses quarters at the Nabango CHPS Centre last Sunday.
Even though the cause of the fire is unknown, it reportedly started from one of the three rooms in the nurses quarters and eventually spread to the others.
Speaking to Citi News, the in-charge of the facility who doubles as a midwife, Mary Abacheng, said it took the intervention of community members to douse the fire after the Ghana National Fire Service failed to respond swiftly.
She narrated that, the fire has destroyed items running into thousands of Ghana cedis.
“I was with a pregnant woman when the fire started from my room, so we called the Ghana Fire service in Navrongo municipality, but they said that wasn’t their operational area. So we called on the Paga Fire service, but by the time the fire service personnel could get to the scene, community members had come to help put off the fire. Our three-room quarters is completely burnt including our properties”.
Mrs. Abacheng reiterated that they are compelled to vacate their post due to the absence of accommodation, and that will affect healthcare delivery in the area.
“The situation will affect health care delivery. Now that our quarters is completely burnt including our properties, it means we cannot stay here to render services at 2:00 pm. We cannot conduct deliveries, deal with patients at our Out Patient Department (OPD), and render general healthcare services to residents after 2:00 pm”.