More than 60 people have died after a fireplace during a coronavirus isolation ward at a hospital within the Iraqi city of Nasiriya.
Much of Iraq’s health care system is in poor condition after years of conflict and angry relatives of the victims are protesting outside the power.
The explanation for the hearth at the al-Hussein hospital is unclear, but reports said it began after an oxygen tank exploded.
Iraqi PM Mustafa al-Kadhimi ordered the arrest of the top of the hospital.
State media put the price at 64, with nearly 70 others injured.
The speaker of the Iraqi parliament, Mohammed al-Halbousi, tweeted that the blaze was “clear proof of the failure to guard Iraqi lives, and it’s time to place an end to the present catastrophic failure”.
Reuters press agency reported clashes between demonstrators and police at the scene, and two police vehicles set aflame.
The new ward had space for 70 beds and was built just three months ago, medical officials told the Associated Press press agency. A health official said that a minimum of 63 people was inside when the hearth began.
“I heard an enormous explosion inside the coronavirus wards then the fire had erupted very quickly,” a hospital guard told Reuters. an inquiry operation is constant.
In April, an exploding oxygen tank started a fireplace that killed a minimum of 82 people and injured 110 at a hospital within the capital Baghdad. Health Minister Hassan al-Tamimi resigned then fire.
The coronavirus pandemic has severely strained Iraq’s health service, already affected by years of war, neglect, and corruption.
Iraq has recorded 1.4 million infections and reported quite 17,000 deaths from coronavirus, consistent with Johns Hopkins University data.
The country has given a minimum of one dose of a vaccine against Covid to only over a million of its roughly 40 million citizens, the planet Health Organization says.