Probe Ordered Into Death Of 4 Patients In ASCOMS

SRINAGAR: The J&K administration on Sunday has initiated an inquiry into the death of four people allegedly due to shortage of medical oxygen at a private hospital here, The Tribune reported quoting officials.

Four Covid patients, including a woman, undergoing treatment at ASCOMS hospital, died on Saturday morning with one family alleging that the deaths were caused due to shortage of oxygen, a claim strongly denied by the administration as well as the hospital management.

Financial Commissioner, Health and Medical Education department, Atal Dulloo has appointed Jammu Divisional Commissioner Raghav Langer as inquiry officer and asked him to probe into the circumstances leading to the deaths at Acharya Shri Chander College of Medical Sciences (ASCOMS) and hospital, officials said.

Meanwhile, the Divisional Commissioner, has also constituted a three-member committee comprising director health services (Jammu), Director Industries and Commerce (Jammu), who is also member of a panel constituted last month to ensure adequate and timely supply of medical oxygen to hospitals, and Superintendent Engineer Mechanical Engineering department Jammu, the officials said.

The three-member committee was formed to assist the inquiry officer during the proceedings of the probe, they said.

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