By Gilbert Akampa Kakurugu,
A fire broke out at a warehouse rented by National Medical Stores (NMS) in Entebbe, causing damage to stored mosquito nets. The incident was swiftly responded to by the Uganda Police Fire Brigade and Aerodrome Rescue and Firefighting Services (ARFFS).
NMS had expressed deep gratitude towards the emergency response teams who worked tirelessly to put out the fire and prevent further damage. Sheilla Nduhukire, the principal public relations officer at NMS, said that they are still in the process of assessing the extent of the damage caused by the fire.
Authorities have launched an investigation into the cause of the fire. NMS has activated its business continuity plan to ensure that the distribution of mosquito nets in Uganda remains uninterrupted. “The mosquito nets were comprehensively insured, so the impact of the loss will be minimized” she added.
Nduhukire added that NMS regrets the incident, but reassures the public that they are doing everything possible to ensure that the provision of mosquito nets to the Ugandan people is not affected.
The fire incident serves as a reminder of the importance of proper fire safety measures in warehouses and other similar facilities. NMS hopes that this event will spur a renewed focus on fire prevention and response in all businesses and industries.