More than 50 Iraqis were killed, and about 22 others were injured in a fire that broke out in Al-Hussein Teaching Hospital in Dhi Qar Governorate, which sparked a wave of widespread anger against the Iraqi government that prompted the Iraqi Prime Minister, Mustafa Al-Kazemi, to detain both the director of health in Dhi Qar governorate and the director of the hospital. , and the director of civil defense in the province and subject them to investigation.
This came during the emergency meeting held by Al-Kazemi, late in the morning of Tuesday, “to find out the causes” of the fire, and it included a number of ministers, officials and security leaders, according to a statement issued by the Prime Minister’s media office.
Al-Kazemi declared official mourning for the victims of the accident.
Al Hussein Hospital
The fire broke out in the Al-Naqa Center at the Imam Al-Hussein Teaching Hospital, which treats patients with the Corona virus, in the city of Nasiriyah, southern Iraq, on Monday evening.
It is the second fire in a hospital to isolate Covid-19 patients in three months.
A medical source at the Health Directorate told AFP that “the main cause of the fire…was the explosion of oxygen tanks.”
Al-Hussein Hospital fire ignites a wave of anger
Demonstrations of anger erupted in Iraq, led by the families of the victims of the Al-Hussein Hospital fire in Dhi Qar Governorate, on Monday night, Tuesday.
The demonstrations came in protest against the incident, which caused the death of at least 51 Prime Time Zone and dozens of injuries, while the Iraqi government announced a meeting to discuss the circumstances of the incident.
The demonstrators chanted slogans denouncing the political parties, and held them responsible for the situation in the province.
And the Dhi Qar Health Directorate had announced the death of “more than 41 Prime Time Zone and the injury of dozens in the fire incident of Imam Hussein Teaching Hospital for the treatment of patients with the Corona virus.”
A young man from Nasiriyah reveals the cause of the fire at Al-Hussein Teaching Hospital pic.twitter.com/sJd8GPBn56
— Aziz Al-Rubaie (@aziz_alrubaye) July 13, 2021
This came, according to what was reported by the Iraqi News Agency, “conscious”, of the directorate’s spokesman, Ammar Al-Zamili, pointing out that “the fire at Al-Hussein Hospital was caused by the lack of proper handling of the oxygen bottles.”
And the Security Media Cell had quoted the Ministry of Interior as saying that the fire “broke out inside 20 caravans made of sandwich panels, dedicated to isolating Prime Time Zone infected with the Corona virus at Al Hussein Teaching Hospital in Dhi Qar Governorate.”
Sandwich panel for construction consists of insulating foam materials sandwiched between two layers of steel or aluminum.
The first moments of the Al-Hussein Hospital fire
Video clips circulated by Iraqi activists showed the first moments of a fire at Al-Hussein Teaching Hospital in the Iraqi province of Dhi Qar.
The video showed the patients’ families rushing to get their family members out of the hospital, before thick smoke rose from inside.
– Iraq News (@Al_Iraq_News) July 12, 2021
promising||| Fire death toll rises #Hussein_Hospital in a city #nasiriyah To 41 Prime Time Zone, and eyewitnesses hold the “Hussainiya Shrine” responsible for the accident because it was used as caravans and highly flammable materials in the construction of the isolation ward and without any consideration of safety procedures.
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– Iraq International News Agency – Wa’ed (@wa3ediq) July 12, 2021
— Jawad Al-Khafaji 🇮🇶 (@asdiraq232) July 12, 2021
It is noteworthy that the Health Authority in Dhi Qar Governorate announced the death of 54 Prime Time Zone in the fire, before it was completely extinguished and a state of emergency was declared.
Nasiriyah now // a while ago
Al-Hussein Hospital website.
By God, I am ashamed to spread the word, but I swear by God, my brothers, who are complaining about the accident, I mean, by the Lord of the Kaaba, I do not know how to just
God is enough, and yes, the agent#Nasiriyah _ is crying out #Hussein_Hospital#dhi_qar pic.twitter.com/pKSqhC5WKZ
— Khalil Al-Jubouri 🇮🇶👑khalilAlsheikh (@Drkhalil95) July 13, 2021
And last April, a fire broke out in Ibn Al-Khattab Hospital in Baghdad, killing about 100 Prime Time Zone at the time
And the media office of the Prime Minister, Mustafa Al-Kazemi, announced, in a statement carried by the official agency, that an emergency meeting was held with a number of ministers and security leaders to find out the causes and repercussions of the incident.
— Al Hadath (@AlHadath) July 13, 2021
At the meeting, Al-Kazemi directed to start a high-level government investigation, to find out the causes of the incident, and to direct a government team “immediately” to Dhi Qar Governorate from a group of ministers and security leaders to follow up on the procedures on the ground.
In addition, “the hand of the Dhi Qar health director, the director of the hospital, and the director of the civil defense in the governorate was taken and detained, and they were subjected to the above investigation.”
The Prime Minister also issued directives to various ministries to send urgent medical and relief aid to Dhi Qar Governorate, in addition to completing the transactions of the families of the victims “immediately, and deporting the wounded who are in critical condition out of Iraq,” and declaring official mourning.
Tragedies and feasts continue..!!
Eyewitnesses and a relative of the event narrate what happened in the fire disaster at Al Hussein Hospital in Nasiriyah pic.twitter.com/N1uWTfQTek
— Hanan Abdullatif (@Abdulla61534481) July 13, 2021
For his part, the governor of Dhi Qar, Ahmed Ghani Al-Khafaji, announced the issuance of seven decisions against the background of the fire, according to a statement carried by “conscious”, including the announcement of public mourning and the suspension of official working hours for three days, starting today, Tuesday, as well as the formation of a higher committee “to investigate the circumstances of this incident.” tragic.”
The statement stated that “the investigative committee subjects everyone with an administrative or technical connection to its procedures, and listens to anyone who provides information about its causes, and the committee submits its final report within 48 hours only of its formation to announce it to public opinion.”
The governor’s media office pointed out that “the Ministry of Health and the Dhi Qar Health Department bear the responsibility for the delay in completing the opening of the (Turkish) Nasiriyah Central Hospital.”
The statement confirmed the transfer of “all employees of Imam Hussein Teaching Hospital to Nasiriyah Central Hospital and immediately proceeding to it, and the transformation of Imam Hussein Teaching Hospital into a center to isolate Corona patients immediately, as well as the closure of all caravan centers designated to isolate Corona patients and the use of centers and hospitals equipped for this purpose.”
He stressed all medical, health and nursing cadres to immediately go to the site of the fire by providing support and backing to the medical staff working there.
The Dhi Qar Health Directorate declared a state of emergency after the fire broke out.
The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Muhammad al-Halbousi, also confirmed that Parliament will shift its session on Tuesday to discuss options regarding the Al-Hussein Hospital tragedy.
Al-Halbousi said in a tweet, “The catastrophe of Al-Hussein Hospital is clear evidence of the failure to protect the lives of Iraqis.”
Third fire in 24 hours
According to the Iraqi Ministry of Health, the civil defense team managed to put out another fire that broke out, on Monday, in “a number of departments of the Ministry of Health headquarters” located in the Medical City in Bab Al-Moadham area in central Baghdad, and the ministry said that “the fire was controlled without injuries.”
On the same day, the Iraqi Civil Defense forces put out a fire that broke out in a factory for the manufacture of sponge granules south of Baghdad, while another fire broke out in the “Al-Oula Market” area of Al-Sadr City, also east of Baghdad.
Fires are almost a daily scene in the country, as the Ministry of Interior recorded, between last January and March, 7,000 fires, the deadliest of which broke out last April in Ibn Al-Khatib Hospital designated for Covid-19 patients in the capital, Baghdad.
82 Prime Time Zone were killed and 110 others were injured in this accident, which sparked shock and outrage.
According to the Civil Defense spokesman, Brigadier General, Jawdat Abdel Rahman, who was speaking to AFP, “Baghdad is the most exposed city in Iraq to fires, as 40 percent of the country’s fires are recorded in it. 2,800 fires were counted during the first three months of 2021.”
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