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Patients suffer as SKIMS runs short of essential items

Last Updated on October 1, 2021 at 10:51 am

Valley’s premier hospital Sher-e-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS), Soura, is lacking and running short of medical supplies even in the emergencies which are taking a toll on health and care of patient.

The condition is so worse that patients were directed to buy syringes and drip sets from the market.

Several people have raised their voice and expressed their grievances as the institute doesn’t have the basic requirements and people have to run to market to purchase disposables like syringes, drip sets and surgical gloves when their family members are taken to SKIMS Soura with an emergency.

Asif Ali from Srinagar said that since past four months hospital is lacking the essential disposable and consumable items. He further appealed to the Jammu and Kashmir government to look into the matter.

Another attendant, BasitZargar took to Twitte to highlight the issue the shortage of supplies. He wrote that he took his ailing mother to SKIMS and to an utter shock the emergency ward has been without essentials like gloves, surgical tape and even antibiotics for several weeks. He further added that doctors are helpless and patients have to buy these things from the market.

The SKIMS administration acknowledged that the hospital was having irregular supply of these essential items and there was a shortage in stocks.

Medical Superintendent SKIMS, Dr Farooq Jan said that the issue was related to the delay in reconstitution of the purchase committee. He said that the hospital has been solving the issue and much of the supplies has been procured. He further added that order for drip sets has been placed but the supplier is delivering the stock in quantity of some thousands which is lower than their consumption.

He said that the hospital have also sought assistance from J&K Medical Supplies Corporation Limited (JKMSCL), the J&K government’s purchasing department for hospital supplies.

He further informed that Rs 40 lakh has been transferred to JKMSCL but even from them, the supplies are slow and lesser than expected and added that the hospital have also given orders for market survey for purchase of syringes.