Iraqi Health Minister Hasan al-Tamimi resigned on Tuesday after the severe fire that took place in a Baghdad hospital last month, which killed more than 80 people.
The country’s prime minister, Mustafa al Kadhemi, has accepted his resignation, as confirmed by his office, and has taken up Al Sumaria television, which has indicated that three names are currently being considered as replacements for him.
Iraqi authorities declared three days of mourning over the fire that broke out at Ibn al Khatib Hospital in Baghdad and focused on caring for patients with COVID-19.
In one of the first political consequences of the tragedy, the Minister of Health was temporarily suspended from his duties and questioned by the authorities as part of the investigation into the incident. In addition, the Baghdad governor and other senior officials were suspended while several hospital workers were arrested.
The government also removed the director of the hospital, the head of the city health department, and other officials. Iraq has more than a million confirmed cases of coronavirus, making it the country with the highest infection rate in the entire Arab world.