Shortage of medicines in GMC


Even after two months of the blaze which gutted the whole stock of medicines and allied items running into lakhs in the drug store of Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH), Jammu, the Hospital is facing acute shortage of essential medicines and the patients even in emergency are forced to buy medicines from the market. A major fire had broken out in Drug store of the GMCH Jammu on the night of February 17, due to unknown reasons. The fire had engulfed the whole drug store and after a night long operation of fire fighters, the fire was doused completely by next morning but till then the whole stock of medicines, allied items and medical records were turned into ashes. Since the date of fire incident, the hospital is running out of medicines, fluids and other allied items used in the treatment of the patients. They said there are no antibiotic, AVS fluid, anti-venom, anti-rabies vaccine and serum, drip sets and PoP bandages available in the hospital. "What to say of medicines, even Hospital did not have medicates, hand gloves, bandage cloth, cotton, Roll bandages, spirit and savlon etc.
They don't have medicines for daily use. Tomorrow if there is an outbreak of any epidemic, they will not be able to handle it. Limited local purchase which is also a very complex procedure, the Hospital administration is not able to cater to need of medicines even in emergency. Though authorities have placed orders for required medicines and other items with J&K Medical Supplies Corporation Limited but it will take time as the whole process of procurement takes at least 4-5 months. Even Biochemistry, Microbiology and Pathology labs of the GMC don't have many important reagents which are used for processing the blood samples of the patients and to conduct various blood tests including blood sugar. Due to lack of these reagents, even a single blood test has not been conducted in the Medical College during last 15 days. The Crime Branch which is probing the mysterious fire of drug store has also failed to submit its report even after a lapse of two months. Moreover, a 6-member committee was also constituted by the Principal GMC to enquire into the incident but shockingly it took 45 days for the Principal to constitute this committee, which apparently seems to be an eyewash as the Crime Branch had already taken over the case and seized all records as well as the gutted medical store, leaving no scope of enquiry by the Committee.

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