At least six COVID-19 sufferers died after “criminal negligence” resulted in a delayed provide of oxygen to a hospital in northwest Pakistan, officers mentioned on Sunday, because the nation battles a second wave of the epidemic.
More than 200 sufferers — together with practically 100 with coronavirus — have been left for hours with restricted provides of oxygen at a government-run hospital in Peshawar.
“The sad incident happened due to lack of central oxygen supply in the hospital,” provincial Health Minister Taimur Saleem Jhagra informed a press convention, confirming the deaths.
“We will hold an inquiry and get to the bottom of the incident,” he added, promising motion in opposition to these accountable “for this criminal negligence”.
Hospital spokesman Farhad Khan mentioned a disruption in oxygen provides affected some 200 folks, “including 96 COVID-19 patients”.
He blamed a non-public provider, saying the Rawalpindi-based firm had “failed to meet the growing demand”.
Pakistan has reported greater than 4,00,000 instances of coronavirus — together with over 8,000 deaths — for the reason that virus arrived in late February.
Intensive care items in hospitals throughout the nation at the moment are virtually full, with provincial governments struggling to take care of the hovering caseload.