A minimum of 5 folks had been critically injured.
The hearth on Monday evening is believed to have began after oxygen tanks exploded in an ICU treating Covid-19 sufferers, al-Zamili stated.
“The civil protection groups managed to regulate and put out the main hearth that broke out at al-Hussein hospital within the metropolis with the assistance of well being employees and neighborhood volunteers,” al-Zamili instructed CNN.
Al-Zamili and different well being officers couldn’t say how many individuals had been contained in the constructing when the hearth broke out however stated an operation is continuous to evacuate folks “if they’re nonetheless alive,” together with well being employees.
Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi will maintain an emergency assembly with a lot of ministers and safety commanders “to search out out the causes and repercussions” of the lethal hearth, his workplace stated Tuesday morning.
Parliament Speaker Mohammed al-Halbousi tweeted the hearth reveals a failure to guard lives “and it’s time to put an finish to this catastrophic failure, and Parliament will shift immediately’s session to look at choices concerning what occurred.”
Al-Hussein Hospital was set as much as deal with Covid-19 sufferers at first of the pandemic and has quarantine stations on web site.
Nasiriya, in Dhi Qar province, is about 360 kilometers (225 miles) southeast of Baghdad.