Oxygen supply runs out: Director, six other KTH officials suspended

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PESHAWAR (News10) – Seven officials including Director of Khyber Teaching Hospital have been suspended after the hospital ran out of oxygen claiming lives of six coronavirus patients.

As per details, an inquiry has been ordered against the suspended officials including Director Nadeem Tahir, Facility Manager Tahir Shahzad, Supply Chain Manager Ali Waqas, Biomedical Engineer Bilal, Oxygen Plant Assistant Naimat and two workers of the plant.

Earlier, in an unfortunate incident, six patients receiving treatment at Khyber Hospital of the provincial capital died after the hospital ran out of oxygen.

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) Health Minister Taimor Saleem Jhagra said that the unfortunate incident will be probed transparently and system will be improved to prevent such incidents in future.

Addressing a news conference along with Special Assistant to the Chief Minister on Information Kamran Bangash, he expressed deep sorrow over the loss of six precious lives in the incident.

He said that the incident occurred due to shortage of oxygen and it will be probed transparently. Protection of the lives and properties of the general public is the prime priority of the government, he added.

Earlier, in a tweet, Taimur Khan Jhagra said that he has directed the BoG of the hospital to conduct an immediate inquiry and take action within 48 hours.

He also assured that if inquiry by the hospital BoG is found unsatisfactory, or if otherwise required, the government will immediately order its own independent inquiry.

He further said that all the facts of the case will be made public. Neither this, nor any other incident will be left unused, to improve the health system; its service; and its system of accountability and transparency, he added. 

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