BAGHDAD (AP) — A hearth swept by way of a coronavirus ward in southern Iraq, killing at the very least 50 individuals and injuring dozens extra, Iraqi medical officers mentioned late Monday.
The officers mentioned all those that died suffered extreme burns throughout the blaze at al-Hussein Instructing Hospital within the southern metropolis of Nasiryah. Not less than 50 individuals have been killed and others have been in vital situation, they mentioned.
The officers mentioned the hearth was brought on by an electrical brief circuit, however didn’t present extra element. One other well being official in Dhi Qar province, the place Nasiriyah is positioned, mentioned the hearth erupted when an oxygen cylinder exploded.
The Well being Ministry has not offered an official account of the reason for the hearth.
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 laws.
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 hearth 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 fireside.
It was the second time a big fireplace has killed coronavirus sufferers in an Iraqi hospital this 12 months. Not less than 82 individuals died at Ibn al-Khateeb hospital in Baghdad in April when an oxygen tank exploded, sparking the blaze.
That incident delivered to gentle widespread negligence and systemic mismanagement in Iraq’s hospitals. Docs have decried lax security guidelines, particularly round oxygen cylinders.
Iraq is within the midst of one other extreme COVID-19 wave. Each day coronavirus charges peaked final week at 9,000 new instances.