President Sirleaf Inspects Fire Damage at NDS

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President Sirleaf at the site of NDS building destroyed by fire last week.

A week after fire ravaged the National Drug Service (NDS) facilities at the John F. Kennedy Medical Center, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf visited the site to assess the level of damage sustained as the result of the fire incident.

It may be recalled that on May 31 at precisely 9:00 p.m., fire gutted one of the six warehouses and the laboratory at the NDS located in the compound of the JFK Medical Center in Sinkor.

President Sirleaf was briefed by the hospital’s Chief Administrator Dr. Wvannie Scott McDonald and led on a tour of the wreckage. Responding to a question from a reporter, President Sirleaf said it was a big setback to the country at this time.

The affected warehouse was used to stockpile important medical supplies while the laboratory was the only testing center used by the Liberia Medicines and Health Products Regulatory Authority (LMHRA) to test the quality of drugs coming into the country.

Although one week after the incident the cause of the fire or value of property destroyed are yet to be established, an investigation is ongoing to determine how the fire was started and the cost of the damage.

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