BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq’s Inside Ministry stated Sunday that 82 individuals died and 110 had been injured in a catastrophic hearth 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 hearth, which preliminary studies recommend was triggered 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 spokesman 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 protection 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.
Medical doctors 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 fireplace got here as Iraq grapples with a extreme second wave of the coronavirus pandemic. Day by day virus instances now common round 8,000, the best since Iraq started recording an infection charges early final 12 months. At the very least 15,200 individuals have died of coronavirus in Iraq amongst a complete of no less than 100,000 confirmed instances.
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, based on a press release 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, based on a press release on his Twitter account.
Within the assembly he stated the incident amounted to negligence.
“Negligence in such issues will not be 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.
U.N. envoy to Iraq Jeannine Hennis-Plasschaert expressed “shock and ache” over the incident in a press release and known as for stronger safety measures in hospitals.
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