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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.

    Adding, “Police 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.