Kathmandu : A fire at the coronavirus intensive care unit of Ibn al-Khatib Hospital in the Iraq capital, Baghdad, has killed at least 82 people.
According to health officials, the fire started when an oxygen cylinder exploded.
The fire broke out in other flammable items inside the hospital due to lack of fire control system in the hospital. The condition of Iraqi hospitals is deplorable due to decades of conflict and low investment. Hospitals also lack medicine and beds.
Immediately after the accident, there was intense outrage on social media. The prime minister has ordered an investigation into the cause of the fire. Firefighters rushed to the hospital shortly after the blaze broke out at midnight. Scenes of hospital shortly after the blaze broke out at midnight. Scenes of hospital staff, patients and relatives fleeing were posted on social media.
According to the hospital administration, most of the patients had to be relocated and the ventilator was removed. Some died of suffocation due to smoke. 120 patients and 90 of their relatives have been evacuated from the hospital.
But at least 50 people have been burned. The number of Covid-19 patients in Iraq exceeded one million on Wednesday. This is the highest in the Arab world.
The Iraqi Ministry of Health said 15,217 people had died since the first outbreak in February 2020. In Iraq, which has a population of about 40 million, the ministry says 40,000 people are being tested daily. According to the ministry, atleast 275,000 people in Iraq have received the first dose.