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4 children die in Pak hospital Power cut disrupts oxygen supply

KARACHI, June 7, (AFP): Four infants died Friday at a private hospital in the southern Pakistani city of Karachi after oxygen supply to incubators was disrupted following a power failure, police said. The deaths occurred at the privately run Shah National Children Hospital in the low-income Korangi district of the southern Pakistani megacity. “The children were on incubators and apparently the power failure disrupted their oxygen supply resulting in the deaths of four children,” senior police officer Nazir Mirbahar told AFP.

A father of one victim described how he had brought his threemonth old daughter to hospital only the night before. “She was actively playing and rejoicing when I brought her to the hospital because she was suffering from light fever,” Aqeel Ahmed said. Angry relatives stormed the hospital, ransacking equipment and blocking roads with burning tyres and boulders. The health department has started an inquiry into the children’s deaths and a report will be submitted to the provincial government within 24 hours. “We cannot say right now how the deaths occurred but we have formed a two-member committee to probe into the matter,” Dr Zafar Ejaz, a senior health official, told AFP.

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