Patients deprived of life saving drugs, surgical items
JAMMU: Large number of patients, reaching Emergency Block or those admitted in different wards of Government Medical College and its Associated Hospitals here, are suffering in isolation as they are allegedly being deprived of life saving drugs, IV fluids, surgical and non-surgical items due to its short supplies. Moreover, the available stock of IV fluid is fungal infected. For a long time, GMC authorities are struggling to meet the growing demand of these medicines and essential items but in the absence of adequate supplies in the drug store, even senior consultants have to cut a sorry figure in front of poor and needy patients.
In most of the cases, attendants accompanying seriously ill patients are made to run from pillar to post to arrange essential medicines and other items, required in surgical and non surgical procedures to stabilise their patients. On Wednesday, one of the patients, admitted in the Emergency Block of GMC was administered IV fluid, not available in the hospital. After some time, seriously ill patient suffered an adverse chemical reaction. Senior doctors, attending on the patient struggled a lot to revive the patient but questions were raised about the quality of IV fluids made available to patients from other commercial drug stores in the absence of their availability in the hospital. Official sources revealed that despite taking up issue with the Medical Superintendent of the GMC hospital and other senior authorities the J&K Medical Supplies Corporation Limited (JKMSCL) has failed to ensure proper supply of essential items in the emergency block. To meet the demands, of emergent nature, Medical Superintendent is also regularly purchasing these essential items to cater to emergency cases but due to huge rush even they are unable to meet the growing demand. The situation is no different in some of the associated hospitals including SMGS Hospital and Super Specialty Hospital in Jammu where patients are made to suffer and their attendants are left with no other option but to purchase these items from the open market at exorbitant rates.
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