Baghdad hospital fire kills 82 people; health minister suspended after the incident
At least 82 people have been killed after an oxygen tank explosion at a hospital in Baghdad that had been equipped to shelter COVID-19 patients.
According to the Interior Ministry spokesperson on Sunday, a fire erupted by an oxygen tank explosion killing at least 82 people and injured 110 at a hospital in Baghdad.
“We urgently need to review safety measures at all hospitals to prevent such a painful incident from happening in future,” Interior Ministry spokesperson said on Sunday.
Iraq’s prime minister Mustafa al-Kadhemi suspended Health Minister Hassan al-Tamimi after the unfortunate incident.
Moreover, Baghdad governor Mohammed Jaber and the head of the health department for eastern Baghdad will also be questioned said a statement from the Iraqi premier.
According to an eye witness, “The fire spread, like fuel … I took my brother out to the street, next to the checkpoint. Then I came [back] and went up from there. To the last floor, that did not burn. I found a girl suffocating, about 19 years old, she was suffocating, she was about to die.”
“I took her on my shoulders, and I ran down. People were jumping… Doctors fell on the cars. Everyone was jumping. And I kept going up from there, got people and come down again,” he added.
However, Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi has ordered a proper inquiry in the matter.
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