Srinagar: In connection with his ongoing anti-drug addiction and social reform drive, the head of Mutahida Majlis Ulema (MMU) and Hurriyat Conference (M) chairman, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, on Monday expressed deep anguish over “increasing drug menace among the youth of Kashmir” and sought cooperation from all people and agencies associated with the trade of sale and distribution of medicine and drugs in Kashmir.
Addressing a gathering of people engaged in the trade of medicine as well as the members of different chemist and druggist associations, Mirwaiz said that in order to curb drug addiction it was necessary to curtail the easy access to drugs and medicines used for this purpose and completely do away with the practice of selling drugs without prescription.
Mirwaiz also expressed his dismay that the serious issue of sale of spurious and substandard drugs was not given any attention by the government nor does the government have any effective drug control policy in this regard. He said that continuous reports in media about the sale and consumption of fake and substandard drugs specially in government run hospitals was a matter of great concern.
“Our young generation was getting entrapped in drug addiction, drinking, gambling and other immoral activities, and it is the duty of all sections of the society including persons associated with drug trade to understand their responsibility and duty towards the society,” Mirwaiz told the gathering.
He said that complaints about the supply of fake drugs, the nexus between doctors and medical representatives, selling drugs without proper prescription and unnecessary clinical tests at the behest of unscrupulous doctors have become common, and in such circumstances the cooperation of people engaged with medical profession and supply of medicines was very essential to stop this trend.
On this occasion members associated with the medical trade assured Mirwaiz of their fullest cooperation and gave valuable suggestions. Disclosing that a number of government and other agencies were involved in the racket of fake drug supply, they said that there was no effective drug control system to check all this and a number of irregularities were going on in many hospitals of the state.
The participants included Fayaz Ahmad of JKCDA, Dilnawaz of JKCDA/SCDA, Dr. Fayaz Ahmad Dar of JK Doctors /Association, Umar Iqbal Dhar of Private Diagnostic Centre Association, Ghulam Nabi Shigan of Advisor Pvt. KPDC, K. M. Altaf Sheikh of Sheikh Pharmacy, Altaf Ahmad Khan of Eff Traders, Aftab Ahmad of M/S Kings Traders, Mir Abdul Majeed of Haya Diagnostic Center, Raouf Ahmad Rangrez, Sec. of KPDCA, General Sec. KMRA Sajad Ahmad, member KMRA Sadiq Ahmad Badoo, Treasurer KMRA Sarfaraz Ahmad Bhat, member of Ambitious Med. Agency, Javed Ahmad and Arshad Ahmad of Yatoo Pharmacy, Syed Parvez President SCDA, Fayaz Ahmad Khan of Hadiqa Enterprises, Wasim Ahmad Dar of KMRA, Convener JKCDA Abdul Ahad Bhat, Mushtaq Ahmad of SCDA, Sheikh Abdul Rashid of JKCDA, Shakeel Ahmad of JKMSRA Manzoor-ul-Haq, Fayaz Ahmad Azad, Mushtaq Pakhta, Ajaz Ahmad Kachroo, Sajad Ahmad, Dr. Sajid, Dr. Umar, Altaf Ahmad Khan, Sheikh Abdul Rashid and Javed Ahmad Mattoo among others.