Kumba (National Times)-Fire whose cause is yet to be established has consumed a portion of the District Hospital in Kumba, Meme Division, South West Region of Cameroon.
Reports reaching The National Times indicate that, the fire erupted around 1:05 AM on Monday February 11. The circumstances leading to the fire incident in the heart of the night remain completely out of public understanding for now.
Preliminary information holds that, there was no human casualty recorded. However contrary information talks of at least two patients probably aged persons trapped in the fire.
As at 7:15AM Monday, fire fighters were yet reach the scene of the incident. The Army Rescue Unit of the Cameroon military is located within the Station Neighbourhood just like the hospital.
Unofficial sources indicated that, the Nurses Quarter, Male Surgical and Female Surgical wards and Generator room of the health facility were razed. The same sources hinted that, the Theater was equally affected. An operation was feared to be going on when the calamity stroke and medics are said to have completed work the the patient in the maternity section.
t is unclear if the fire is connected to recent suspected separatists’ strikes across the South West Region. Separatists activists are already accusing security forces over the incident whereas investigations are yet to be carried out.
The facility is a combination of German colonial buildings and others constructed in recent times owing to a rise in population.
Images of the incident show roofs of entire apartments engulfed in flames of fire. In the meantime, the Senior Divisional Officer for Meme, Chamberliin Ntou’Ou Ndong and Government Delegate to the Kumba City Council Victor Nkelle Ngoh who is the chairman of the hospital management board are expected to visit the scene of the arson in the hours ahead.
The health facility is one of the most used across the South West Region. It attends to patients from Ndian, Manyu, Meme, Lebialem Kupemuanenguba and Muyuka in Fako Division. Former Directors of the health facility have advocated for years for the hospital to be given a regional status but successive public health ministers have not responded to such pleas.