Officials said seven staff at a hospital in Pakistan left Kovid-19 patients without adequate oxygen for hours, after several of their charges were suspended.
A preliminary report stated that five died in the Kovid isolation ward and one in the intensive care unit at the government hospital in Peshawar due to oxygen delays.
The report noted that chronic oxygen deficiency “went unpunished and uncontrolled for no reason”, adding that no backup oxygen was supplied.
Hospital directors were among those suspended with immediate effect.
The Provincial Health Minister, Timur Salim Jhagra told AFP that officials would conduct a second detailed investigation in the next five days.
“The hospital was short of oxygen from around 8 in the evening, how could they manage to resolve the issue until after 12 in the afternoon?” Jhagra said.
“Some of the staff were closed, some were absent and there was no alternative arrangement, even emergency squads were not available,” he said.
Hospital spokesman Farhad Khan told AFP that the disruption in oxygen supply on Sunday affected about 200 people, including about 100 people with coronaviruses.
Pakistan has reported more than 400,000 cases of coronovirus – including more than 8,000 deaths – since it came in late February.
Intensive care units in hospitals across the country are almost full now, with provincial governments struggling to deal with the soaked caseloads.
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