Investigation launched into Mabaruma Doctor’s quarters’ fire

Cuban Doctors currently housed at a Guest House

DPI, Guyana, Tuesday, June 30, 2020

A fire of unknown origin which destroyed the living quarters of three Cuban doctors in Mabaruma is currently being investigated.

This is was disclosed by the Regional Health Officer, Dr. Stephen Cheefoon on Tuesday, June 30, 2020.

In his report to the Ministry of Public Health, Dr. Cheefoon noted that the fire began late on Monday morning. He received word that the building was on fire around 11:30 am.

No one was in the building at the time thus there were no casualties however all of the doctors’ belongings along with household furniture and appliances were lost in the fire. The building was at the time being rented by the Regional Administration, Region One on an annual contract.

The Region had responded promptly and have currently housed the doctors at a private guest house in the town with the necessary personal items provided for the doctors to continue to execute their duties at the hospital and this includes clothes etc.

Further, Dr. Cheefoon’s report, stated that “The Regional Executive Officer engaged the Fire Chief and a decision was made to have the Fire Chief send an investigator to review this situation on 30 June 2020.  The police were informed to secure the site to be investigated”

The officials and other personnel have been cooperating to ensure a prompt investigation is facilitated to determine the origin of the fire. A subsequent report will be provided, the RHO said.


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