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Fire guts Sisters’ residence

By Tony Edike

ENUGU—PROPERTY worth millions of naira was gutted by fire at the official quarters of the Daughters of Divine Love, DDL , a Congregation of Catholic Reverend Sisters, managing the famous  Annunciation Specialist Hospital, Emene, Enugu at the weekend.

Lamenting the huge lose suffered in the fire disaster, the victims yesterday,  called on the state government, public spirited individuals and corporate organisation to come to their aid.

The inferno, which razed the entire top most floor of  the two storey building occupied by the Reverend Sisters at Annunciation Hospital Road, Emene, also damaged parts of the building. Narrating their ordeal to newsmen yesterday, Chief Executive Officer, CEO, of the hospital, Sister Janefrances Chioke, lamented the degree of the disaster, though she thanked God that no casualty was recorded.

Sister Chioke, who attributed the tragedy to public power fluctuation, however, said over N100 million worth of personal effects belonging to the sisters and other house hold items were lost in the incident, adding that the victims had been displaced by the incidence as they now squat with their colleagues elsewhere.

She said that books worth several millions of naira as well as certificates belonging to the reverend sisters  were also consumed by the fire, which occurred when the Sisters were at their places of work in the Annunciation hospital.

According to the CEO, if not for the intervention of men of the Enugu State Fire Service and some passers by, the situation would have been more disastrous, appealing to Enugu State Government, corporate organisations as well as public spirited individuals to come to their aid.

Sister Chioke further disclosed that before the fire incident, the 100-bedded  hospital’s 250 KVA generator, valued at about N20 million  had been destroyed  by a similar power fluctuation, saying that the problem has been affecting the mission hospital adversely.

She said among the greatest challenges confronting the hospital, which receives an average of 150 patients  in its general wards on daily basis, were the problems of power and lack of enough space, adding that the Catholic medical outfit currently needs at least a  650 KVA generator.


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