According to the Middle East Monitor website on the 4th, on Sunday local time, all COVID-19 patients in the intensive care unit of al-Husseineya Central Hospital in the Eastern Province of Egypt were supplied in the ward on Sunday local time.
After the oxygen system failed, the video taken by a relative of a patient at the hospital went viral online.
Video shows coronavirus patient in bed motionless background someone says: everyone in the intensive care unit died, only the nurse, no one was alive…
The video footage ended with a nurse sitting helplessly on the floor in the corner of the ward and shocked by what happened. The nurse was later fined for “not working in difficult times”, according to the report.
According to the report, at the time of the incident, the oxygen content of the ventilator was almost less than 2%, and neither pressure nor oxygen was enough to save the lives of patients.
This is the second such incident in Egypt after the patients in the intensive care unit of Zefta General Hospital suffered the same fate.
However, Egyptian health minister Hara-Zayed said that the patients did not die of hypoxia and accused the Muslim Brotherhood of spreading rumors.
He also pledged that all hospitals across the country that treat COVID-19 patients have adequate medical oxygen reserves. However, some families of the deceased do not think so. A 44-year-old father, a man who died in hospital on Saturday, said his father had no previous illness and was in good health.
The hospital’s director Mohamed Sami Najjar also denied the occurrence of hypoxia in patients in another video. He said that these patients belong to natural death and death caused by old age or other chronic diseases, not the hospital’s fault.
Eastern Governor Mamdou Gurab said that four patients died, not the whole ward.
Egypt’s newspaper The Independent reported that the province’s elected councillor Rahmoa refuted this claim, saying that the hospital had five coronavirus patients died due to the negligence of hospital staff, that is, improperly handling the hypoxic crisis.
Lachmo said: “It is illogical to say that five patients died at the same time in one place and said there was no negligence. I have information that the intensive care doctor informed the hospital director of the lack of oxygen in sufficient time, at least one hour.
But the manager neglected and it took too long to transfer oxygen cylinders, causing the patient to die.”
Rahmo said he could not formally follow up on the government agency’s handling of the incident before he was sworn in on 10 January. However, he promised to hold the wrongful person accountable.
He concluded: “It is a disaster to deny any hypoxia. We must face and acknowledge this crisis, not deny it, so that the tragedy will not repeat itself.”
At present, the second wave of the epidemic in Egypt is still continuing. As of Beijing time on the 6th, the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Egypt has increased to 143,464, with a total of 7,863 deaths.
Health officials said the actual number of cases and deaths in the country could be higher than reported due to the availability of testing and the exclusion of private hospitals in the daily count.