Seven die after oxygen supplies at one of the largest hospitals in northwest Peshawar city did not arrive on time.
Seven patients being treated for the coronavirus have died after one of the largest hospitals in the Pakistani city of Peshawar, in northwest Pakistan, ran out of oxygen supplies.
Farhad Khan, spokesperson for Khyber University Hospital, said on Sunday that the patients died on Saturday evening when the vendor who supplied the hospital with medical oxygen did not arrive on time.
The hospital, the second-largest in the northwestern city of Peshawar, receives its oxygen cylinders from a vendor in Rawalpindi, a town about 190 km (118 miles), Khan said. .
Provincial Health Minister Taimur Jhagra tweeted about the incident, saying the hospital’s board of governors had been ordered to complete an investigation into the incident and take action “within 48 hours ”against those responsible.
He promised that “all the facts of the case will be made public.”
1. There was an incident at KTH last night involving a shortage of oxygen.
I ordered the BoG to investigate immediately and take action within 48 hours. If it is found to be unsatisfactory, or if necessary, the government will immediately order its own independent investigation.
– Taimur Khan Jhagra (@Jhagra) December 6, 2020
Pakistan, a country of around 220 million people, has recorded 58 deaths from COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of confirmed deaths from the virus to 8,361.
The total number of confirmed cases in Pakistan stands at nearly 416,500 so far. This official number, like other places around the world, is probably a little higher in reality due to limited testing.
Pakistan has tested around 5.8 million people for the virus, or around 2.6% of the population.