Critically ill covid-19 patients die after oxygen supplier FAILS to deliver oxygen cylinders

At least six critically-ill Covid-19 patients died after one of the largest hospitals in the northwestern Pakistani city of Peshawar ran out of oxygen supply.

The spokesman at Khyber Teaching Hospital said when the vendor who supplies the hospital with medical oxygen failed to arrive in time the patients died.

The Khyber Teaching Hospital is the second largest hospital in the northwestern city of Peshawar, receives its oxygen cylinders from a vendor in Rawalpindi, a city about 190km away.

The Health Minister of Pakhtunkhwa in a tweet said an investigation was ordered into the incident and an “action” would be taken against those responsible within 48 hours.

Since the beginning of the pandemic Pakistan recorded 8,361 deaths and 416,500 confirmed infections.

That official number, like other places around the world, is likely somewhat higher in reality due to limited testing capability.