Forty-four oxygen cylinders went missing from Barishal Sher-e Bangla Medical College and Hospital's Covid unit.
The incident came to light when hospital authorities recently started to record the number of cylinders at the Covid unit, our local correspondent reports.
According to the hospital sources, the authorities found the oxygen cylinders missing after store officer Anamika Bhattacharya made a list of oxygen cylinders and flow metre, and submitted it.
Following this, ward master Mashiur Alam was transferred instantly, our Barishal correspondent reports quoting the hospital's Director Dr SM Saiful Islam.
The director said an investigation has begun to find out the reason behind the incident.
"We are worried that the number of missing oxygen cylinders may increase. A three-member probe committee has been formed with the hospital's deputy director Abdur Razzak as chief," he said.
The committee will submit their report by this week and the reasons will be made public, he hoped.
A total of 612 oxygen cylinders and the same number of oxygen flow metres were supposed to be at the hospital, according to the hospital source.