Oxygen shortage claims lives of eight corona patients in Peshawar

By: News Desk      Published: 12:16 PM, 6 Dec, 2020
Oxygen shortage claims lives of eight corona patients in Peshawar

Eight patients including two children who were already battling with deadly coronavirus died on Saturday night when the Khyber Teaching Hospital (KTH) authorities did not provide them oxygen on time, reported 24NewsHD TV channel on Sunday.

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Mahmood Khan took notice of the incident. A furious chief minister ordered the KP health minister to complete an inquiry into the incident within two days and present a report to him.

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KP Health Minister Taimur Khan Jhagra also took notice of the incident and directed the Board of Governors (BoG) of KTH to conduct an immediate inquiry and take action within 48 hours.

The KP Health Minister said the provincial government will immediately order its own independent inquiry.

The TV channel reported that a company named BOC provides oxygen to the hospital but the supply did not reach in time due to unknown reasons and the critical patients lost their battle against Covid-19.

The KTH Medical Director while commenting on the deaths said details of the incident will be made public soon.

On the other hand, a KTH spokesperson expressed the fears about more deaths due to paucity of oxygen. He said that a specific type of oxygen is required for COVID-19 patients which could not be arranged.

According to the latest reports, the hospital administration has increased the oxygen supply from 5,000 litres to 10,000 litres for the patients.

As per the National Command and Control Center (NCOC), in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa so far 49,220 confirmed COVID-19 cases reported in the province in which 44,167 people recovered while 1,404 people lost their lives in the province.

The coronavirus positivity ration in Peshawar on Sunday stands at 16.02 percent, Swat 4.64 percent and Abbottabad 1.59 percent.

Another doctor dies

Covid-19 claimed the life of another doctor in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa on Saturday. Prof Dr Anwar Ali Shah was admitted to a hospital after catching the infection. 

A total of 26 doctors died from coronavirus in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa while 40 medics died during anti-corona combat.

Dr Anwar Ali Shah was a professor of biochemistry Khyber Medical College. The provincial doctors association demanded the government take steps to ensure doctors safety.

The association said the government has not given martyr package to any doctor who died from the infection while performing duty in the hospital. The association also demanded payment of health risk allowance to medical practitioners.

The second wave of the pandemic is taking a high toll on medical professionals. Some 3,000 health workers into isolation across Pakistan, A list prepared by the Pakistan Medical Association shows that six of the 10 doctors died on a single day (Nov 29) in Karachi, Lahore and Multan.