Early Times Report
Srinagar, Jan: 11: Over a thousand patients returned disappointed for last six months, after they failed to get free medicines at the the dispensaries of Indian System of Medicine (ISM) across Jammu and Kashmir, due to the lackadaisical approach of authorities.
Top sources in ISM department, wishing anonymity said that, "Due to acute shortage of drugs and other essential supplies in the ISM dispensaries have brought misery to patients across the state. The ISM have at least 560 Unani and Ayurvedic dispensaries in Jammu and Kahsmir."
"For last six months, our dispensary have not received any drug supply from the concerned department, despite the fact that every day this dispensary is examining 100's of patients," Said a Incharge of one of the ISM Dispensary, who pleased not to be named.
However, the department of ISM was ignored from the basic facilities since this department was separated from the Department of Health in 1978. At least maximum ISM dispensaries do not look like health centers, d
ue to the official apathy, claimed a top Official.
Despite tall claims , the ISM hospitals have no medicines for patients.Thousands of patients who visit these hospitals have returned empty handed.
Meanwhile, it is pertinent to mention here that the back bone of the health department is infrastructure and mainly essential drugs, but when there is shortage of drugs in all the dispensaries, leaves patients at the god's mercy or to buy the medicine from the private clinics.
" I can't describe you the problem we are facing daily. We have to tackle the heavy rush of patients every day while the attendants pressurize us to give us the medicine which we have not," said a doctor on condition of anonymity.
However, The Director General of ISM, Dr Abdul Kabir Dar, who has been attached for last several months because of some allegations, has put his all possible efforts for the welfare of the ISM Department, but the government has always neglected the ISM department.
Even though the ISM dispensaries have generated lakhs of rupees of revenue, later deposited into Hospital Development Fund (HDF) account, but even that amount has not been used for the welfare of the dispensaries so far.