The Ministry of Health headquarters in Kampala have been declared out of bounds for staff and other citizens following a fire outbreak this afternoon.
All entrances to the ministry are currently manned by police anti-terrorism officers with no one allowed access. Several people who were attempting to pick cars from the parking yard were also blocked.
Joyce Moriku, the State minister for Primary Health Care who rushed at the offices following the incident told Journalists that the fire outbreak was unfortunate but it was contained within time. She added that the staff will not be allowed to access the building until investigations are complete.
Vivian Nakalika Sserwanja, the ministry’s spokesperson that the fire affected the quality assurance office, part of the reproductive health office and the child health division.
Nakaliika told URN that a number of ministry officers were in the building at the time the fire started explaining that they were in preparations to travel to Omoro district for the launch of the preventative meningitis vaccination campaign.
ASP Okobo Godfrey, the Acting Commissioner for Fire Prevention at Fire and Rescue Services told URN that they had managed to put out the fire but have not yet established its cause.
He however noted the presence of Criminal Investigation Department (CID) officers and scene of crime officers who have started investigations.
Okobo further said that they suspect that the fire started in a pantry on the third floor of the building.
Okobo also noted a challenge of access to affected offices citing use of access control – biometric system where they could not easily access since they are not staff but broke into the premises.
He also noted that the ministry’s water hydrant had no water and could not help them.