‘DFCO airlifts lifesaving drugs to Kashmir, stocks to suffice 2 months’
There is no dearth of medical equipment in Jammu and Kashmir to tackle the threat of coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, stated Health and Medical Education (H&ME) Department on Sunday.
Giving details about the medical equipment, it said that number of ventilators in J&K is 223 currently, of which 91 are in Jammu and 132 in Kashmir and 400 more ventilators have been ordered and are being commissioned shortly.
As many as 8893 reagents are available for use in Jammu and Kashmir which are being augmented further, it added.
The statement said that there is absolutely no dearth of logistics and equipment and sufficient buffer stock of PPE, Masks and other protection gear is available both at Srinagar and Jammu.
“However, keeping in view the civic efforts of various NGOs and Civil Society groups certain amount of donations have been received as a good will gesture which are appreciable,” the statement added.
Meanwhile, in order to ensure adequate supply of life saving drugs especially anti-cancer, anti-hypertensive and anti-diabetic drugs in the Valley in wake of lockdown due to Coronavirus pandemic, J&K Drug and Food Control Organization (DFCO) has airlifted substantial stocks of such medicines, requiring special storage conditions, to Srinagar.
The consignment weighing about 631 Kg would be sufficient to suffice for two months.
The services of Air Force, Red Cross and top functionaries of J&K government have been utilized to arrange supplies of anticancer drugs, Insulin preparations, drugs used in cardiology from the national capital.
Besides, sufficient stock of all categories of medical products( Pharmaceutical preparations, Medical Devices and other supportive materials) have also been dispatched to Kashmir Valley from 38 C&F locations belonging to reputed Pharma houses located at Jammu. These dispatches have reached their destinations and are sufficient to meet the requirement for pharma trade and also end users.
Financial Commissioner, Health & Medical Education, Atal Dulloo has appreciated the efforts of all the agencies which made it possible in the given situation. He expressed satisfaction and issued instruction to the concerned authorities to ensure that availability of these drugs and equipment is ensured in pharmacies located in private and public sector.
He appealed the stakeholders to maintain close co-ordination during these difficult times and ensure that the public at large is not denied access to essential drugs due to this Pandemic.