Political | 06:22 – 26/04/2021
Follow-up – Mawazine News
On the same day that the Ibn Al-Khatib bloody hospital fire in Baghdad witnessed, which has killed 82 people so far, the Medical Clinics Street in Tikrit, Salah al-Din Governorate, witnessed another big fire.
A civil defense statement stated that a “spark” caught fire in one of the stations (mobile shops used by street vendors), and its ignition caused the fire to spread to other stations and shops.
The fire resulted in material damage, and while it did not cause any human losses, it raised great concern in the governorate due to its coincidence with the fire of Ibn al-Khatib Hospital in Baghdad, especially since the clinic street in Tikrit is visited by the province’s patients and doctors.
, the Iraqi journalist, Ahmed Jasim, from Tikrit, says to the “Al-Hurra” website:
“Hundreds of patients pass through here every day,” said the Iraqi doctor, Othman al-Jubouri, who owns a clinic on the same street, adding, “If it were not night time, the calculation of losses would have been different.”
Al-Jubouri added to Al-Hurra website that “some clinics contain flammable chemicals, and all of them do not contain a central or automatic fire extinguishing system, and most of them are generators that are used to generate energy by burning oil, and this is a great danger.”
Ibn al-Khatib’s fire and
Sunday, a statement by the Iraqi Doctors Syndicate said that doctors “will not accept, in future, to work in similar conditions, and this is a threat to the poor, including doctors.”
The Syndicate called on “all government agencies to secure complete safety requirements according to the requirements of civil defense and to secure personal protection requirements at the highest level, otherwise we will not accept work in the future.”
She said the Health and Environment Committee in Parliament on Monday, said that there is “great negligence accident fire Ibn al – Khatib Hospital, as pointed out that the number of deaths of the accident weak patients who are , according to remarks carried by the official Iraqi news agency.
The agency quoted Chairman of the Committee, Qutaiba al – Jubouri, the” default Unintentional, “after his committee conducted a” field visit to the accident “and his meeting with officials.
Al-Jubouri attributed the accident to the existence of a” clear failure to follow up on the actual needs of Baghdad hospitals, especially in Rusafa, which are 27 hospitals, including Ibn al-Khatib.
” Dilapidated and designated for health isolation to treat Corona, and it includes more than 200 patients, as for the corridor in which the accident occurred, it contains 32 patients with an enormous amount of oxygen. ”
He explained that”One of the citizens used an electric heater or used oil with oxygen bottles, and this reaction led to a big explosion, as it is rumored. ”
In the blast, 82 people were killed, most of them patients, their companions, and medical personnel present in the hospital.
Al-Jubouri accused “the Ministry of Finance also of failing to allocate funds to the Rusafa Health Department, which he demanded within three years, to purchase fire extinguishing and protection systems for the hospital, but the Ministry of Finance did not meet the requests.”
An inspection campaign,
and the Iraqi Civil Defense Directorate launched “a major campaign that includes conducting inspections and following up the preventive measures for safety that must be followed in various state institutions”, following the fire of Ibn Al-Khatib.
The Iraqi civil defense teams conducted inspection tours to a number of hospitals and other centers in separate Iraqi governorates, but no report of the results of these tours has yet been published.
“All Iraqi hospitals”
But safety and fire equipment expert in Baghdad, Ali Ghazi, says, “All Iraqi hospitals are exposed to a risk similar, if not greater, to Ibn al-Khatib Hospital.”
Ghazi, who worked to establish fire alarm lines in a hospital in Babel Governorate, told Al-Hurra that “contracts are sometimes given suspiciously.”
Ghazi says that “in one of the governorates, he asked the supplying companies a commission of up to 33 percent of the contract value, which led to the withdrawal of sober companies so that they would not be exposed to loss.”
“The bad companies entered the line, and implemented a warning line and a fire made up of a poorly manufactured system,” he added.
The “Alhurra” site was unable to After obtaining a permit from the Ministry of Health in this regard, the Ministry withdrew the hand of a number of its officials after the hospital fire and referred them for investigation.
The engineer, Mortada Al-Alusi, who is a consultant for institutional safety and civil defense in Baghdad, says that “the biggest problem is in the field hospitals that have been prepared to receive and isolate Corona patients.”
He added, “These hospitals are built from very flammable mobile rooms, and they are not equipped with any safety measures except for a number of firefighters.”
Al-Alusi added, “In light of the presence of gas bottles, the auditors, the patients, and the weak commitment to safety procedures, these mobile hospitals may be death traps.”
The Iraqi Ministry of Health established several field isolation hospitals to quarantine Corona patients after the spread of the virus in the country, and other bodies such as the Popular Mobilization Forces, thresholds and endowments have established similar isolation centers.
On Monday, the Iraqi Civil Defense announced that “fires broke out in a factory in Mosul, and a cafeteria in Wasit, in addition to the Tikrit blazes and Ibn Al-Khatib Hospital.”
With the exception of Ibn al-Khatib, the other three fires did not result in casualties. Ended 6/29 n