Christmas tragedy: Hospital gutted by fire in Ondo, Doctor dies

The Chief Medical Doctor, Dr. Akintayo Oguntuase, at the Universal
Specialist Hospital –  a popular private hospital in Akure, Ondo state –
died today after a fire gutted the building in the early hours of

The fire outbreak which reportedly lasted over two hours, started at
2.00 am in the mid night after an electric surge had occurred in the

Although patients, who were in the hospital when the incident
occurred were rescued, medical equipment and other valuable items worth
several millions of naira were destroyed.

Eyewitnesses told journalists that “when we discovered that the
hospital was burning, we quickly put a call to the Fire Service
Department but to our surprise, we were told that, their vehicle is not
in good shape and that they must repair the vehicle before they can come
to our rescue”

The hospital located close to Akure High School was known for
efficient medical service and it was well patronised by both the low and
high class people.


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