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Peshawar: Seven coronavirus patients die due to lack of oxygen at Khyber Teaching Hospital

Seven coronavirus patients passed away at Khyber Teaching Hospital, Peshawer on Saturday due to lack of oxygen

As being reported, oxygen cylinders were due to arrive from Rawalpindi but timely arrival failed.

Hospital’s spokesperson Farhad Khan confirmed on Sunday that five patients were admitted to the hospital’s coronavirus ward while one was in the intensive care unit (ICU).

The hospital receives its oxygen supply from Rawalpindi which did not reach on time, which lead to the death of the critically ill patients, he added.

He said that patients are in more need of oxygen during winters, adding that the hospital was carrying out an inquiry to find out why the cylinders did not arrive in time.

Meanwhile, KP Health Minister Taimur Saleem Jhagra has directed the Board of Governors (BoG) of the KTH to conduct an inquiry into the incident and to take action within 48 hours.

Provincial health minister Taimur Jhagra shared bout the incident in a tweet.

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“There was an incident at KTH last night involving a shortage of oxygen supply. I have directed the BoG to conduct an immediate inquiry & take action within 48 hours. If found unsatisfactory, or if otherwise required, the govt will immediately order its own independent inquiry,” he said.

In his next tweet, he added, “All the facts of the case will be made public. A request meanwhile to not circulate unverified information on social media. Neither this, nor any other incident will be left unused, to improve the health system; it’s service, and it’s a system of accountability and transparency.”

Saman Siddiqui

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