Kabul: Dr Vahid Majrooh, the Acting Minister of Public Health, in a meeting with representatives of the private sector on Sunday, instructed them to regulate oxygen consumption in private hospitals.
The acting Minister of Public Health called the lack of oxygen supply at COVID-19 hospitals one of the major challenges in treating patients and said that as per oxygen-producing companies in Kabul, private hospitals use the most oxygen.
This comes at a time when the Ministry of Public Health on Sunday reported 50 COVID-19 deaths in 24 hours, the highest daily number yet. The death toll now stands at 3,195 in the country. The health ministry also reported 1,379 new positive cases of COVID-19 of 4,544 samples tested in the last 24 hours.
Majrooh stressed that due to the increase in patients at COVID-19 hospitals, the Ministry of Public Health needs more oxygen balloons and private hospitals should use oxygen according to their needs and provide the rest to the Ministry of Public Health.
He also instructed officials to set up a joint committee consisting of private sector members to review the needs of private hospitals, taking into account the number of patients, the number of oxygen balloons and the distribution of oxygen balloons by manufacturing companies in the country’s markets.
In addition, the Acting Minister of Public Health called on all private hospitals to adhere to the principles of treatment of COVID-19 patients and to perform their functions in accordance with the standards of the Ministry of Public Health.
Representatives of private hospitals also presented their views and suggestions on addressing the challenge of oxygen deficiency and emphasized on their full cooperation with the Ministry of Public Health.