The government said that Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi suspended his duties as Minister of Health and announced an investigation into a fire in a hospital in Baghdad that killed at least 82 people.
In a hospital with coronavirus-infected patients, an explosion caused by an oxygen tank explosion killed at least 82 people and injured 110 others.
The fire broke out at Ibn Khatib Hospital in the Diyala Bridge area of the Iraqi capital. The Prime Minister condemned the negligence of the explosion and announced that Health Minister Hassan Tamimi had been suspended until the investigation was completed.
The Iraqi High Commission for Human Rights (IHCHR) said: “A large number of deaths were in the pulmonary resuscitation department of the covid-19 hospital.”
The dpa agency reported that the committee condemned the incident and called the tragedy a crime.
IHCHR said in a statement: “This is an infection of patients. These patients were taken care of in the hospital after being infected with the covid-19 virus and left their lives to the Ministry of Health and its agencies.”
Their statement added: “They were not cured but burned.”
The head of the Iraqi National Civil Defense Department said earlier that “a fire broke out in the pulmonary intensive care unit, and 90 of the 120 people were rescued from the hospital,” the national news agency INA reported.
A man who was visiting his brother described a scene where people jumped out of the window to escape the elements.
Ahmed Zaki said: “The fire spread like fuel. I took my brother down the street to the checkpoint and returned to the top floor where there was no burning. I found a girl who was suffocating, about 19 years old. .”
Zaki said: “I put her on my shoulders and ran downstairs. People were jumping and the doctor was falling into the car.
Several medical professionals said: “The patients were transferred to other hospitals.” However, the families of several patients were still in the hospital a few hours after the fire was extinguished because they could not be found elsewhere.
Prime Minister Mustafa Kadimi called for an investigation into this incident.