OPPOSITION WANTS INDEPENDENT INVESTIGATION INTO OXYGEN CRISIS

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The opposition is calling for an independent investigation into deaths that occurred during the oxygen crisis.

Opposition leader Mark Golding says the Health Ministry should publish accurate data on covid and non-covid patients who died between Friday, August 27 and Monday, August 30, the period when there was a shortage of oxygen in hospitals across the island.

The opposition wants the reporting of the data to be done on a hospital by hospital basis, without delay.

According to Mr. Golding, Jamaicans are deeply concerned about the number of deaths over the period of the oxygen shortage, and is calling for an urgent investigation into the circumstances which led to these deaths.

The party states that the oxygen crisis has had devastating effects on the healthcare system over the past week.

According to the People’s National Party, there are reports of patients being manually ventilated with masks and ambu bags which are popularly referred to as bagging, and of others (including a pregnant woman and her baby) who died as a result of the lack of oxygen.