Three big government hospitals in Peshawar have witnessed a rise in coronavirus patients during the third coronavirus wave, forcing the medical institutions to ramp up their supply of oxygen. As of Friday, 700 patients were receiving oxygen at the three major hospitals — Lady Reading Hospital, Khyber Teaching Hospital, and Hayatabad Medical Complex.
Hayatabad Medical Complex
The Hayatabad Medical Complex, which uses 10,000 litres of oxygen daily for its coronavirus patients, has increased its storage capacity to 23,000 litres. The medical institution is currently providing oxygen to 160 coronavirus patients.
Lady Reading Hospital
Meanwhile, Lady Reading Hospital has a storage capacity of 16,000 litres of oxygen, of which 14,000 litres are being used daily for coronavirus patients. The hospital used 8,000 litres of oxygen daily during the first and second waves of the pandemic. Oxygen is being provided to 438 patients undergoing treatment at the medical facility.
Khyber Teaching Hospital
Over at the Khyber Teaching Hospital, due to the third coronavirus wave, the oxygen storage capacity has been increased to 10,000 litres, of which 5,700 litres are being used daily for coronavirus patients.
In comparison, during the first and second waves of COVID-19, the oxygen storage capacity was at 5,000 litres, while the hospital had used 3,000 litres of oxygen in the first wave and 4,000 litres in the second wave.