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Jammu Hospitals run short of drugs, other items
9/25/2017 10:52:40 PM
Early Times Report

JAMMU, Sept 25: Government Medical College (GMC) Jammu and its associated hospitals along with district hospitals are facing an acute shortage of drugs even emergency drugs and other items as the Jammu and Kashmir Medical Supplies Corporation has failed to provide stock.
However, the officials of the Corporation accused hospitals' administration for not sending requisition on time due to which the supply of life saving drugs and equipment are being delayed despite repeated reminders. Sources informed that due to unavailability of life saving drugs and equipments, patients are being forced to buy costly life saving drugs from open markets. They are also facing life threat due to the shortage of drugs including emergency drugs including antibiotics, suture material, cotton and many more.
"Shortage of supply puts an extra burden on the pockets of the BPL families-who could not afford costly medicine," said an attendant, adding that they are forced to buy items from the open market, which are sold without quality checks, putting in great risk.
Officials of the hospitals claimed that the issue has been brought to the notice of the higher ups of the department as well as the Minister for Health and Medical Education but nothing has been done except assurance from them.
"It seems the State Health Ministry is not serious about the State' Health care and they left hospitals on god's Marcy, "officials alleged.
Officials of GMC Jammu told the list of essential drugs has been sent to the JKMSC some months ago. Moreover numbers of reminder have also been sent to them but nothing has been received except fluids and antibiotics.
"As the Corporation has failed to purchase required items so far, so we are managing own through local purchase by not going certain limit. Asking attendants to get them from the market, results some time attendants accused us for not providing medicine and ask for closing the hospital," they added.
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