At least 50 people have been killed in a blaze at Covid Hospital.
At least 50 people have been killed in a blaze at the Covid Hospital in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad. The fire broke out in the hospital’s Corona ward. The ward was treating patients infected with the coronavirus. The fire is said to have started there. Twelve people were reported injured in the crash.
The condition of the injured is critical
The bomber struck shortly after noon in front of a police recruiting center at al-Hussein Hospital in southern Baghdad. Authorities said most of the people killed in the blaze were in critical condition and the condition of the injured was critical. The cause of the fire in the hospital is said to be a short circuit. But the whole accident has not been investigated.
According to the health official, the explosion of the oxygen cylinder was also said to be the cause of the fire. So far no official statement has been issued by the government. Just three months ago, a new corona ward was started at the hospital, which was equipped with 70 beds.
63 patients were admitted to the hospital ward
Health department spokesman Aamir Jamili said 63 patients were admitted to the ward when the incident took place. Major General Khalid Bohan, Iraq’s head of civil defense, said flammable materials were used in the construction of the hospital, which caused the fire to flare up and spread.
This is the second time in a year that a hospital fire in Iraq has killed so many Corona patients. In a similar incident in April, 83 people were killed. The accident at Ibn al-Khatib Hospital caught fire after an explosion in an oxygen tank.
The incident has once again brought security to the forefront of Iraqi hospitals and exposed malpractices. Such accidents raise serious questions during the growing case of corona in the country. More than 9,000 corona patients have been reported here in the past week.