By Yau Waziri

Gombe State Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya has expressed sadness over the fire incident that razed down Gombe Central Medical Store which destroyed medical equipment and consumables drugs worth Billions of Naira.

Speaking to newsmen shortly after inspecting the level of damages made so far at the stores, the Governor said the inferno has destroyed the valuables properties runs into billions of naira.

Governor Inuwa Yahaya also called on international partners like the World Health Organization WHO and, United Nations Children’s Educational Fund UNICEF, for emergency intervention.

While directing the State Ministry of Works and Housing for emergency response the Governor urged the Fire Service Operatives to investigate the actual causes of the incident.

Earlier, the State Commissioner of Health Dr. Habu Dahiru, assured that the investigation is ongoing to ascertain the cause of the fire and the level of damage.

The Commissioner further explained that despite the huge destructions of drugs meant for the forthcoming March immunization exercise against child killer diseases, the state government will not relent in its oars to ensure the success of the exercise.

Dr Habu Ɗahiru maintained that the ministry will immediately reach out to the Federal Government, donor agencies and organizations to bridge the gap created by the inferno.

Also speaking the Director of Gombe State Fire Service represented by his Operations Officer Umar Faruk, said they received a distressed call eight minutes past three a.m. (3:08 am) and immediately mobilized their men to the scene.

He said the firemen successfully prevented the fire from further spreading to other blocks.

While suspecting an electric mishap for the inferno, the fire officer said the service would soon brief the press upon completion of the investigation.

He charged ministries, departments and agencies to train their staff on how best to use fire extinguishers in case of emergencies.

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