Valley Running Short of Life Saving Drugs, Baby Food

SRINAGAR: Amid strict restrictions, curfew and shutdown, shortage of baby food and life saving drugs has hit valley which is only adding to the miseries people in Kashmir. Many patients and their attendants admitted at various hospitals in Srinagar are unable to buy medicine, food and other consumable due to shortage of money.

Patients across many hospitals in valley suffering due to acute shortage of life-saving drugs caused by continued restrictions and curfews along with stoppage of supplies by stockists to their retailers.

Doctors at various leading hospitals of the Valley said they are facing scarcity of antibiotics due to curfews and restrictions.

“There is shortage of life-saving drugs especially Insulin; used to treat critical patients. The medicine is also needed to treat various hormonal diseases apart from diabetes,” said Sahil, who runs a chemist shop near city’s SMHS hospital.

“Dealers don’t want to take risk by sending vehicles during the curfew days. We too are not being allowed to venture out despite having curfew passes. So our shops are running short of many critical and life saving drugs ,” he added.

He said that if the conditions remained unchanged, the valley was likely to face serious crisis of life-saving drugs. Meanwhile, people in downtown Srinagar are facing acute shortage of milk and other baby foods in wake of strict restrictions on movement.

Meanwhile, various patients at the city based hospitals said due to restrictions they are running short of money for buying medicine, food and other items. “My wife is admitted here for last 6 days. I had some money left while I had asked my father to send more money, however, due to restrictions; my family could not send money. I am unable to buy medicine and food now”, said Tariq Ahmad at LD hospital here.

People have been facing hardships since Saturday, when Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru was executed. Since then more than 100 persons mostly youngsters were injured in police and paramilitary personnel firing and clashes with them in Sopore, Baramulla, Islamabad, Pulwama, Bandipora and Srinagar.  (KNS)

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