Govt Junks Medicine Shortage Reports

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Srinagar: The Jammu and Kashmir administration on Tuesday rubbished news report claiming that the Valley was facing shortage of medicines due to the lockdown to combat coronavirus spread.

In a statement issued here this evening, an official spokesperson said that there were sufficient of medicines available for at least one month with stockists in Kashmir. He said that regular supplies are being received from Jammu from where bulk – around three-fourths – of Kashmir’s retail market requirement is catered.

“These drugs include both life-saving medicines and those categorised as general drugs. The former include all major kinds ranging from anti-cancer to insulin preparations to respiratory to nephrology to critical care,” the official spokesperson said.

He said that the remaining requirement of 25-30 percent was being received from Delhi in special Indian Air Force flights as and when required.

“This clarification is due after a news report has suggested otherwise and reports of hoarding of medicines and panic among the general public as a result of it are being received from different areas,” the official spokesperson said.

Urging people not to heed to unofficial sources, the government spokesperson said that such tactics were used to create artificial scarcity which hoarders use to their advantage.

Meanwhile the government has issued strict warnings against hoarders of medicines and those indulging in rumours suggesting shortage. It warned that strict action under law will be initiated against offenders.

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