Shortage of drugs Created Panic in Baramulla Hospitals

Baramulla, Jul 31: Shortage of drugs in hospitals of district Baramulla has created panic among the people, while the government has failed to make available the supply of Emergency Medicines, including first aid, various fluids, cotton bandages and other facilities, since last one year.
Sources said that hospital administration has been forced to purchase the essential supply from their own sources which is against the set norms and difficult for hospital administration to procure. It is also impossible for the hospital administration, because to purchase such a huge supply, it has to use Hospital Development Funds.
“Since last one year Government has failed to provide us at even the 30% of the supply”, an official From the Health Department disclosed.
It has been observed that employees posted in causalities and trauma centers are facing a very tough time and humiliation from the general Public in case of emergency cases arriving in the hospitals, due to the lack of proper first aid stock to deal with those.
“Due to shortage of supply, hospitals are miserably failing to provide relief to the patients. The Government has only provided us only 15% of the medicines since last one year, even in case of emergencies, patients have to buy medicines from outside”, the official added.
A senior officer from Health department said that they have informed the higher authorities of the health department about the shortage of supply of all required medicines and other necessary items repeatedly, but nobody cares or bothers.
Another officer said, “We don’t have the funds to purchase all the required medicines from local funds; however, we are purchasing some items since one year from open Market only to overcome the crisis”.
When contacted and informed about the crisis in the district, Director Health Services Kashmir, Kunzas Dolma said that she will take up the matter with her officers dealing with medical stores and the matter will be solved soon. (CNS)