An inquiry has been ordered after forty oxygen cylinders went missing from a hospital in north Kashmir’s Kupwara district.
District Development Commissioner (DDC) Kupwara Imam Din, who is also the chairman of District Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) Kupwara, has initiated the inquiry into the missing cylinders.
The official told The Kashmir Walla that he has asked Chief Medical Officer (CMO) Kupwara to initiate legal action against the accused and initiate recovery of the missing cylinders immediately.
“FIR will be lodged against the person (s) involved and other legal action will be taken as warranted under law,” Imam Din said.
The forty oxygen cylinders, which were procured last year, had gone missing from the Sub-District Hospital in Kupwara town.
Abdul Gani Dar, the incharge Chief Medical Officer Kupwara, said that an investigation into the matter is on and facts are being ascertained into the case. “Investigation will be completed possibly by today evening as we are working on it,” Dar told The Kashmir Walla.
Dar further said to mitigate the demand the authorities have procured the required number of oxygen cylinders from the private market.
To deal with the rising demand of the oxygen at the hospital that has been dedicated as COVID19 facility, authorities have also augmented an oxygen generation plant to cater to the demand.
The district has recorded more than 1700 active cases of the virus while the death toll has reached 126.