With calls for government to equip all district councils with fire fighting equipment., on Friday morning fire gutted part of the drug store at Nkhotakota District Hospital, destroying essential drugs and other medical supplies.
The hospital’s spokesperson Garry Chilinga confirmed the incident and said the cause of the fire has not yet been identified.
Chilinga said they are working on assessing the damage.
At around 5am, guardians for in-patients saw the black smoke billowing into the sky from the facility.
Hospital officials were seen using buckets to put out the fire as the district council has no fire engine.