A man stands next to a hospital bed as he examines the damage following the blaze at the coronavirus facility.
"The catastrophe of Al-Hussein Hospital in Dhi Qar, and before that, Ibn Al-Khatib Hospital in Baghdad, is the result of persistent corruption and mismanagement that underestimated the lives of Iraqis and prevented reforming the performance of institutions," Salhi said in a post on Twitter on Tuesday. A huge fire at Ibn Al-Khatib Hospital, which started after oxygen tanks exploded in a Covid-19 unit, killed at least 82 people in April.
"A strict review of the performance of institutions and the protection of citizens is necessary," Salih added.
During an emergency meeting on Tuesday, Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi ordered the suspension and detention of the director of health in Dhi Qar, the director of the hospital and the director of civil defense in the province, according to a statement from his office.
A high-level government investigation into the incident has also been initiated.