Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has sympathized with doctors and management of the Braithwaite Memorial Hospital, Port Harcourt over the fire that gutted the Doctors’ quarters of the hospital on Sunday, December 27, 2015.
The fire which started from the top floor of the two -storey quarters at about 3pm completely damaged that floor.
Governor Wike who got to the Doctor’s Quarters to supervise efforts of firefighters to put out the inferno, directed that all the five doctors and Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health residing at the facility be immediately relocated to Government Guest Houses with their families.
He also announced the setting up of a Panel of Inquiry to establish the immediate and remote causes of the inferno.
Governor Wike said : “I want to sympathise with the doctors affected by this fire incident. We thank God that no life was lost.
“However, I have directed the Health Commissioner to set up a Panel of Inquiry to find out what led to the fire. If it is as a result of negligence, those involved will be sanctioned. We must endeavour to protect Government property at all times “.
The Governor commended fire fighters from the State Fire Service, Shell and NPA who fought the inferno and prevented it from spreading. He announced that the State Government will rebuild the burnt quarters.
Governor Wike was accompanied to the Braithwaite Memorial Hospital by the State Head of Civil Service, Rufus Godwins and Commissioner for Halth, Dr. Odagme Theophilus.