Doctors say that hospital had only one oxygen cylinder which was supporting another patient
PAMPORE: A family in Pampore on Saturday alleged that their kin died at SDH Pampore due to “non-availability of oxygen” in Sub-District hospital Pampore. Doctors, however, said that the hospital has only one oxygen cylinder which was supporting another patient.
Ghulam Hassan Wani, 60, a resident of Kadlabal Pampore died on way to SHMS Hospital in Srinagar where he was referred after initial treatment at SDH Pampore. Wani family said that he had complained of chest pains and they rushed him to SDH, where the doctors said that they were short of oxygen cylinders. A relative, Gowhar, said that wani died “due to non-availability of oxygen supply”.
“It took a lot of time to arrange an oxygen cylinder and when it was set up, the oxygen in it exhausted,” said a relative, adding that they were then referred to SMHS Srinagar where he was declared “brought dead”.
He alleged that if SDH had provided them oxygen while they were being referred to SMHS, they might have been able to save Wani’s life.
Dr. Bilal Ahmad, who was on duty at the SDH when Wani was brought to the hospital, said that the hospital had only one oxygen cylinder which was used to support another patient. He said that the hospital removed the oxygen cylinder from the other patient to help Wani.
“Since we were short of oxygen cylinders, we referred them to Srinagar as soon as they reached the hospital. But the arrogant attendants refused (to listen) and compelled us to remove the cylinder from the other patient risking his life also,” Dr. Bilal said.
In charge Block Medical Officer, Dr. Tafazul, said that the doctors at the hospital did what they could have done as they had only one oxygen cylinder functional.
“We have three oxygen cylinders, but two others were not functional and had been sent for repairing a few days ago. They are yet to be repaired,” he said.