Srinagar: The JK Medical Supplies Corporation has been supplying emergency drugs to hospitals without quality tests, according to official documents. The Jammu and Kashmir Medical Supplies Corporation Limited (JKMSCL) has failed to complete quality tests of emergency drugs and consumables meant for hospitals in Kashmir since January this year, forcing hospital authorities to provide the unchecked drugs to patients.
The dubious drugs supplied include those meant for emergency patients and other critical units of hospitals.
“The supplies that have been received without Quality Check (QC) from JKMSCL are Vamcomycin, Mannitol, Dextrose, Supplement Feed for critical patients and children, and consumables like disposable syringes,” as per the official documents.
Officials of the Government Medical College (GMC) Srinagar and Directorate of Health Services Kashmir (DHSK) have communicated their concern to JKMSCL several times. They have said that essential drugs and consumables received from the JKMSCL were without the QC report from the Quality Section of the corporation.
As per official sources, lack of storage space has created hurdles in the supply and dispensing of drugs.
“The supplies are without QC because the Drug Ware House of GMC Srinagar has no sufficient storage space to accommodate the bulk supplies,” reads a letter written by Nodal Officer of the GMC to the Managing Director JKMSCL in May.
Although most of the supplies were received in March, the JKMSCL has failed to submit the QC in respect of these items as yet.
“Since the drugs/items received are urgently required by the concerned hospital, as such you are requested to pay urgent necessary action in the interest of patient care,” says the letter, a copy of which is with Kashmir Reader.
Officials of the health department said that a huge supply of essential drugs and consumables was rotting in the ware house of GMC Srinagar and DHSK.
“In the absence of QC, some hospitals are refusing to take drugs and other items, which has led to huge problem for us because drugs are piling up in ware houses without anybody using it,” said an official who is in charge of a drug ware house.
Managing Director JKMSCL Inderjeet Bhagat told Kashmir Reader that he will look into the issue and try to sort it out.
“I am not aware of the current status of drug supply and their quality tests. It has been looked after by a different department of JKMSCL. However, I will look into the matter,” he said.