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  • A fireplace from an exploding oxygen tank at a Baghdad COVID-19 hospital final month killed greater than 80 individuals.
  • Iraq’s cupboard orders dismissal of director of the Ibn Khatib hospital and different senior hospital official.
  • The April 24 blaze highlighted the neglect of a healthcare system that was as soon as the most effective within the Center East.

BAGHDAD: Iraq’s Well being Minister Hassan al-Tamimi stepped down on Tuesday after a hearth from an exploding oxygen tank at a Baghdad COVID-19 hospital final month killed greater than 80 individuals, the federal government mentioned in an announcement.

Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi’s cupboard additionally ordered the dismissal of the director of the Ibn Khatib hospital and different senior hospital officers. The complete hospital had been transformed to deal with COVID-19 sufferers.

The April 24 blaze highlighted the neglect of a healthcare system that was as soon as the most effective within the Center East, however has been wrecked by battle, worldwide sanctions, the US-led invasion of Iraq in 2003 and rampant state-wide corruption since then.

Tamimi had been suspended instantly after the fireplace. The federal government lifted his suspension on Tuesday however he instantly resigned.

The federal government has ordered hospitals throughout the nation to overview and implement higher well being and security procedures.

The incident additional eroded Iraqis’ belief of their healthcare system. Throughout the coronavirus pandemic, that lack of belief has meant many don’t search medical assist when contaminated with COVID-19, and have determined to not be vaccinated at state-run medical centres. 

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