Iraq’s Inside Ministry stated Sunday that 82 individuals died and 110 had been injured in a catastrophic fireplace that broke out within the intensive care unit of a Baghdad hospital tending to extreme coronavirus sufferers.
Negligence on the a part of hospital authorities has been blamed for the Saturday evening fireplace, which preliminary studies recommend was prompted when an oxygen cylinder exploded within the ward of Ibn al-Khatib hospital. Iraq’s prime minister fired key hospital officers hours after the catastrophic incident.
Among the many useless had been no less than 28 sufferers on ventilators battling extreme signs of the virus, tweeted Ali al-Bayati, a spokesperson of the nation’s impartial Human Rights Fee. The fee is a semi-official physique.
Firefighters rushed to battle the flames that raged throughout the second ground of the hospital. Civil defence groups put out flames till the early hours of the morning.
Ambulances transported dozens of wounded. The Well being Ministry stated no less than 200 individuals had been rescued from the scene.
Docs on the scene had been frazzled by the chaos unfolding round them. They stated quite a few burned our bodies had been carried out by paramedics from the hospital ground.
The hearth got here as Iraq grapples with a extreme second wave of the coronavirus pandemic. Each day virus circumstances now common round 8,000, the best since Iraq started recording an infection charges early final yr. At the least 15,200 individuals have died of coronavirus in Iraq amongst a complete of no less than 100,000 confirmed circumstances.
In response to the fireplace, Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi fired the director-general of the Baghdad Well being Division within the al-Rusafa space, the place the hospital is positioned. He additionally fired the director of Ibh al-Khatib Hospital and its director of engineering and upkeep, in response to an announcement from the Well being Ministry and his workplace.
After the fireplace first broke out, Al-Khadhimi held an emergency assembly on the headquarters of the Baghdad Operations Command, which coordinates Iraqi safety forces, in response to an announcement on his Twitter account.
Within the assembly he stated the incident amounted to negligence.
“Negligence in such issues just isn’t a mistake, however against the law for which all negligent events should bear accountability,” he stated. He gave Iraqi authorities 24 hours to current the outcomes of an investigation.
UN envoy to Iraq Jeannine Hennis-Plasschaert expressed “shock and ache” over the incident in an announcement and referred to as for stronger safety measures in hospitals.