David Muwanguzi, the Iganga District Health Officer, says the fire destroyed anti-malaria drugs meant for seven health centers, saying they have been receiving drugs since last week and the last consignment was recorded on Monday night.
Police puts off fire at the Iganga district drug store, photo by David Kato Wagubi.
Fire has gutted the
Iganga district drug stores destroying undisclosed amounts of medicine. The fire
is said to have started from the administrative unit of the drug store on Tuesday
afternoon before it spread to the stores adjacent to Iganga district headquarters.
A group of workers in
the stores attempted to put out the fire in vain prompting them to notify the Police
Fire and Rescue Services department, which is five meters away. The fire officers labored to put out the fire,
which had already destroyed most drugs and their storage facilities.
An employee at the
facility told URN on condition of anonymity that he only got to know about the
fire when he saw smoke at the extreme end of the store. “I am an employee, but
my bosses never informed me of the fire and by the time I saw the smoke and ran
inside to help, it was already too late,” he said.
David Muwanguzi, the Iganga District Health Officer, says the fire destroyed anti-malaria
drugs meant for seven health centers, saying they have been receiving drugs
since last week and the last consignment was recorded on Monday night.
“Our vehicle broke
down and we had only managed to distribute drugs to only two health center IIs
and were yet to deliver drugs for the remaining seven, which perished in the
fire. My team is working together with police to ensure that, we account for
all the destroyed drugs,” he said.
officers together with part of my staff members have managed to rescue the
fridges containing the measles and Rubella vaccines.” The Iganga District Police
Commander, David Ndaula, says investigations are underway to establish the
cause of the fire, saying a detailed report shall be availed to the public.