Authorities of the University College Hospital, UCH, have said that there is no cause for alarm as the fire incident that affected part of the hospital earlier today, Saturday, has been put off.
The UCH Chief Medical Director, Professor Abiodun Otegbayo, in an interview with journalists shortly after the incident, explained that the fire services were promptly invited to put off the inferno.
He said: “Immediately the incident started, the authorities alerted three different fire services, which quickly mobilized their resources and rushed to the scene to put off the inferno, and the operation was successful.”
Otegbayo added that, contrary to speculation, no patient was trapped in the inferno, which affected part of the Intensive Care Unit and one of the theatres.
He also assured relatives and families of patients that everything is under control and services have since commenced through immediate alternative arrangements.
The General Manager of Oyo State Fire Service, Mr Yemi Akinyinka told the News Agency of Nigeria that the fire outbreak was promptly contained.
”We got a distress call about the incident from one Mr Dare around 11:36 a.m and immediately rushed to the scene.
”The fire has now been put off by our men, with the support of the Federal Fire Service and the UCH Fire Service,” he said.