Following serious fire outbreak leading from burns to ashes, the C.H. Rennie Hospital in Kakata,
Margibi County has been shut down.
The decision for a temporary closure was taken immediately after an emergency meeting with
Health Minister Dr. Wilhelmina Jallah and the Margibi County Legislative Caucus.
Following the meeting, Minister Jallah said the hospital is considered closed for about a week
pending an assessment to ascertain the next course of action.
Addressing the media after the meeting, Margibi Representative Ellen Attoh Wreh, whose
District #3 hosts the hospital, made it known that the Margibi Legislative Caucus had agreed that
the hospital be closed for the period of one week, while they await an assessment team to state
the actual damage at the health facility.
No casualty was reported, but the hospital’s emergency room, pharmacy, records room, and
administrative offices were severely burnt down to the disbelief of the staffs that were on duties.
Dr. Augustine Fannieh, the Margibi County Health Officer, for his part, attributed the cause of
the fire to electrical fault.
He, notwithstanding commended Margibi citizens for their timely intervention and admonished
residents to help in protecting materials that were retrieved from the hospital during the fire
The incident occurred at about 9:00 a.m. on Sunday, August 15, 2021, forcing hospital
authorities to transfer in-patients to other health facilities in Kakata and Bong County.
The Margibi County Fire Service was not visible to fight the fire, except for safe intervention by
Firestone Liberia Fire Service which lately arrived at the C. H. Rennie Compound, but the fire
had already consumed the building hosting the hospital.
Upon the arrival of the Firestone fire truck, angry citizens unleashed mob action, damaging the
fire truck for what they claimed to be late arrival.
Thousands of Margibians have been expressing dismay over the incident, wondering where they
will refer cases from other health centers in the county at minimum cost, as Du-Side Hospital in
Harbel is privately owned and operated by Firestone Liberia Plantations.