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Iraq Hospital Fire Incident : Health Minister Resigns Over Blaze Tragedy

Iraq's Health Minister Hassan al-Tamimi resigned over a fire from an exploding Oxygen tank at a Baghdad Covid-19 Hospital last month that killed more than 80 people.

The April 24 blaze highlighted the neglect of a Healthcare System that was once one of the best in the Middle East, but has been wrecked by conflict, international sanctions, the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq in 2003 and rampant state-wide corruption since then.

Tamimi had been suspended immediately after the fire. The government lifted his suspension yesterday but he immediately resigned today.

The government has ordered Hospitals across the country to review and implement better Health and safety procedures.