A fireplace swept by way of a coronavirus ward in southern Iraq, killing at the very least 50 folks and injuring dozens extra, Iraqi medical officers mentioned late Monday.
The officers mentioned all those that died suffered extreme burns through the blaze at al-Hussein Instructing Hospital within the southern metropolis of Nasiryah. Not less than 50 folks had been killed and others had been in important situation, they mentioned.
The officers mentioned the fireplace was brought on by an electrical quick circuit, however didn’t present extra element. One other well being official in Dhi Qar province, the place Nasiriyah is situated, mentioned the fireplace erupted when an oxygen cylinder exploded.
The Well being Ministry has not supplied an official account of the reason for the fireplace.
The brand new ward, opened simply three months in the past, contained 70 beds, mentioned two medical officers, who spoke on situation of anonymity in keeping with rules.
Ammar al-Zamili, spokesman for the Dhi Qar well being division, informed native media there have been at the very least 63 sufferers contained in the ward when the fireplace started. Maj. Gen. Khalid Bohan, head of Iraq’s civil protection, mentioned in feedback to the press that the constructing was constructed from flammable supplies and inclined to fireplace.
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It was the second time a big hearth has killed coronavirus sufferers in an Iraqi hospital this 12 months. Not less than 82 folks died at Ibn al-Khateeb hospital in Baghdad in April when an oxygen tank exploded, sparking the blaze.
That incident dropped at mild widespread negligence and systemic mismanagement in Iraq’s hospitals. Medical doctors have decried lax security guidelines, particularly round oxygen cylinders.
Iraq is within the midst of one other extreme COVID-19 wave. Every day coronavirus charges peaked final week at 9,000 new instances.
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