Acute shortage of vitamin drops for children makes poor parents suffer

Have sent requisition to MSCL, will get supply in next few days: MS

By: Aabid Hameed

Srinagar: The Maternity and Child Care Hospital (MCCH) in South Kashmir’s Anantnag district is facing an acute shortage of vitamin drops since last one month, thus simultaneously forcing the parents, who bring their children to the health facility, to visit the private clinics.

Many parents while talking to Precious Kashmir said that they are visiting to the hospital to administer the vitamin drops to their babies but every time they have to return back as the health faculty is facing a shortage of the drops.

Irhan Ahmad, one of the parents, said that on Wednesday he visited to hospital to administer vitamin drops to his baby, who is two years now, but had to return back without getting the drops as he was informed that the vitamin drops are not available.

He said that he was informed by another parent there that he has been visiting to the hospital since last 45 days but no vitamin drops are available at the hospital.

Irhan said that some staff members also informed him about the shortage of vitamin drops at the hospital since last one month at least, adding that there are many poor patients who are forced to visit the private clinics to get the vitamin vials for their children.

Meanwhile, the parents urged authorities to look into the matter at an earliest and ensure that the vitamin drops are available.

A child specialist said that vitamin drops are of vital importance as it helps and support normal growth and development of  child’s bones (vitamin D), maintenance of normal vision (vitamin A), help and support child’s immune system (vitamin D), helps in reducing fatigue and tiredness (folic acid and B12) and increases iron absorption (Vitamin C).

Meanwhile, Incharge Medical Superintendent Dr Mohammad Shafi admitted the shortage of vitamin drops since last few days and said that they have already sent requisition to Jammu and Kashmir Medical Supplies Corporation Limited.

He said that in coming few days, the drops will be available at the hospital.

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