Newborn Killed In Fire At Baghdad Hospital

Cheryl Sanders
August 11, 2016

A fire in the maternity ward of a hospital in Baghdad killed at least 11 babies early Wednesday.

The fire broke out in the pre-term birth unit of Yarmouk Hospital in west Baghdad after midnight, according to Health Ministry Spokesman Ahmed al-Rudeini.

29 girls and 7 reported to be shifted to nearby hospitals.

Faulty electrical wiring is believed to the be cause.

"Twenty-nine women patients who were in the same ward were evacuated to other hospitals", he said.

Hussein Omar, a 30-year-old builder, told the Associated Press feared that he had lost twins born last week. "I want my baby boy and girl back". The government must give them back to me'.

Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has been trying for more than two years to tackle corruption in Iraq, which ranks 161 out of 168 on Transparency International's Corruption Index, but has faced due to resistance from much of the political elite.

"I waited for ages to have this baby and when I finally had him, it took only a second to lose him", she said, holding a bunch of blackened documents with her hands, covered with burns.

Electrical fires are common in the Iraqi capital and elsewhere across the country because of shoddy maintenance and poor wiring.

He said: "I went to the other hospital, they are not there, so where are they?"

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When he couldn't find them he return to Yarmouk only to be told to look for his babies at the morgue. But they could not be found by him and was subsequently told to visit the hospital mortuary. "My nephew is still missing and his mother was moved to another hospital ward".

Ms Jaasar added: "We pay the hospital employees thousands of Iraqi dinars to allow us in to get our loved ones basic food and milk, which they can not provide".

Others have pointed out how the government's corruption has trickled down to effecting innocent children.

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