Why UK is asking questions about Central Medical Stores fire – Jon Benjamin

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Outgoing United Kingdom High Commissioner to Ghana, Jon Benjamin, has explained that his country’s government is asking questions about the fire that gutted the Central Medical Stores in Tema, Greater Accra Region, because it pumped £4 million worth of drugs into it that were destroyed in the fire.

Though the fire incident happened about two years ago, Benjamin said the UK government is worried and that the Parliament has interest in the case.

“In the Central Medical stores, there were 4 million pounds worth of medicines bought by the UK through our DFID programme that were there and were destroyed and we had to account for that money and questions were asked in the UK Parliament. So we had to say what had happened and what was being done about it. So I think that was a legitimate reason for us to raise our concerns”, Jon Benjamin said while speaking on Citi FM.

It would be recalled that about $80 million worth of medicines were burnt in 2015 when fire razed the store, with a committee established to investigate the case blaming it on arson and naming one Samuel Dogbe, a labourer at the Medical Stores as being behind the fire.

However, 12 officials of the Ghana Health Service were also accused of playing different roles in the fire outbreak 2016.

Calling for the prosecution of people who were indicted in the alleged arson, Benjamin noted it was good they were interdicted but called for “sanctions for people found lawfully guilty of being the perpetrators.”


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