Death toll fire Iraqi hospital reaches 82, more than a hundred people injured

A fire in a hospital in Baghdads Iraqi capital caused at least 82 deaths and 110 wounded. Coronation patients were treated in the building. Of the fatalities, dozens were on the ventilator.

The fire at Ibn Khatib Hospital arose in the night after an accident detonated an oxygen tank. The fire spread quickly across the floors. All patients have been transferred to other hospitals.

Negligence

According to Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhem, there is negligence. He ordered an investigation into the fatal fire. The director of the hospital and the management of the security and maintenance personnel are stuck pending the investigation.

Al-Kadhemi has also said Health Minister Hassan al-Tamimi to be inactive. The Minister is being questioned about the hospital fire, as well as the Governor of Baghdad and the highest public health officer of Eastern Baghdad. The Prime Minister expects to present the results of the investigation in five days.

A government human rights commission called the fire โ€œa crimeโ€ against the coronapatics who died from the fire while entrusted their lives to the authorities. The Prime Minister has proclaimed three days of national mourning.

Iraq officially has just over 1 million corona infections, the largest number of all Arab states. Since the beginning of the pandemic, more than 15,000 people have died of Covid-19 in Iraq. Around 300,000 people have had a first coronaprik.