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Covid: African patients “die from lack of oxygen”

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  • Par Navin Singh Khadka
  • Environmental Correspondent, BBC World Service

Photo credit, Dr. Jama Mahamud

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“It’s really stressful to work in these conditions,” says Dr Mahamud, whose patients die from lack of oxygen.

Many African countries are facing a “growing crisis” due to severe oxygen shortages leading to preventable deaths, international health agencies have warned.

A doctor in the semi-autonomous region of Puntland, Somalia, told the BBC that between five and ten of his Covid patients die almost every day from lack of oxygen.

“All of these deaths could be avoided if we had enough oxygen,” Dr Jama Abdi Mahamud said at the government-run Gardo General Hospital.

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