146 patients evacuated from Balaka hospital

All 146 patients have been evacuated after fire gutted part of the 200 capacity Balaka district hospital Friday morning.

The 200 capacity Balaka district hospital has been partly gutted by fire, completely burning the kitchen unit and the data and records office.

There was pandemonium at the hospital as some patients temporarily forgot their pain and jumped out of their beds to save their lives not from the disease they were suffering from but from the fire.

The fire has completely burned the hospital’s kitchen unit and the data and records office.

Director of Health and Social Services in Balaka Eugene Katenga Kaunda said the fire started at 4am in the kitchen.

“We have managed to evacuate all the patients. We will be transferring them to Ntcheu and Machinga,” he said.

He said the cause of the fire has not been established but it started in the kitchen spreading to the electrical circuit unit before consuming the data and records office completely, nothing was salvaged from the office.

There is no fire engine in Balaka.

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10 months ago

I hope the data office being referred to here is the HMIS not accounts!

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10 months ago

Data and the kitchen are at the same site I think it’s political thing

Kambewa Ngozo
10 months ago

I hope this is not Arson to destroy all relevant documents. But they have no excuse as those in management and Accounts staff are trained to also have regular backup which is kept not on the same site.

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