Arab News –  Smoke inhalation caused the deaths of 24 people and injury to 123 others in the blaze that broke out at Jazan General Hospital on Thursday morning, said Health Minister Khalid Al-Falih on Friday.
He said no one died from burns in the fire, which had started on the ground floor containing the maternal, neonatal and intensive care units, and spread to the upper floors. Fifty seven of those injured have been discharged from various hospitals, 58 are in a stable condition and eight are in intensive care.
According to Reuters, some Twitter users accused the hospital of having lax safety standards after a reporter for Al-Arabiya television claimed he had seen several emergency doors locked with chains when he visited the hospital after the disaster.
“Punishment for those responsible for closing the emergency exits,” said one Twitter user. Another user posted a message accusing the hospital of “great negligence” and said the Health Ministry and minister, Interior Ministry, and Civil Defense “are all responsible before God.”
Ahmed Al-Sahli, region’s director of health affairs, denied there were any safety problems at the hospital, while Al-Falih said he recognized the ministry had failed, but said it was too early to ascertain the causes of the disaster.
The ministry has allocated the number 0173220061 and 937 for anyone wanting more information on the injured and dead.

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