SRINAGAR — Amid the surge in COVID-19 cases, the families of sick patients are moving from pillar to post to arrange Remdesivir injections as almost all major hospitals in Jammu and Kashmir are running out of stock from the last several days.
All the major hospitals including SKIMS Soura, SKIMS Bemina, SMHS, CD Hospital, JLNM and others are facing acute shortage of the Remdesivir injections given mainly to sick patients.
PRO SKIMS Soura Dr Kulsooma said that stock of Remdesivir has exhausted given the unexpected rise of COVID-19 patients.
Medical Superintendent SMHS Dr Nazir Ahmad Choudhary said that Remdesivir is not available at the hospital and he is not sure when they will get the stock.
Choudhary said that “they have contacted JKMSCL who has assured them that the stock would be made available very soon.”
Medical Superintendent Chest Disease Hospital Dr Saleem Tak said that CD hospital has no stock of Remdesivir from last three days.
Dr Shifa Deva Medical Superintendent at SKIMS Bemina told KNO that JVC Bemina hasn’t been notified as Covid designated hospital as of now but there is no supply of Remdesivir available at the hospital.
Dr Bilqees Shah Nodal officer at JLNM hospital Srinagar said that the hospital is running without Remdesivir from last four days.
She said that they are trying to contact different sources and companies in this regard but as of now nothing has been done.
She said that Remdesivir is must for the sick COVID-19 patients because it is very effective as by administering Remdesivir, patients hardly need oxygen supply besides that they recover in a very quick time.
Managing Director Jammu and Kashmir Medical Supplies Corporation Limited (JKMSCL) Dr Yashpal Sharma said that there is shortage of Remdesivir globally.
He said that the production of Remdesivir was closed after COVID-19 cases had decreased earlier but the production has been restarted after the recent spike.
Sharma said that the Government of India (GoI) has intervened and have fixed quota state/UT wise.
“We have been given two companies namely Mylan and Sun Pharma and have already distributed over 4000 vials of Sun Pharma to hospitals in last few days,” he said.
He said that they were expecting more supply today morning from Karnataka, however, flight got delayed and it reached Srinagar around 3 pm.
He assured that till April 28 morning, situation will get stabilised as every hospital will get supply. (KNO)