SMHS Hospital leaves hemophilia patients in distress

SMHS Hospital leaves hemophilia patients in distress
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Eight patients infected with Hep C ‘because of less secure blood product’

Srinagar: The SMHS hospital Srinagar has left hundreds of hemophilia patients in distress as authorities failed to procure the essential blood clotting factor for last three months.
Following the delay in the purchase of the clotting factor, some eight patients have been tested positive for Hepatitis C virus in two weeks because doctors at the hospital have given them less secured blood product, Fresh Frozen Plasma, in absence of Factor VIII.
“Almost eight patients have recently been detected to have acquired Hepatitis C infection due to fresh frozen plasma which is not recommended in present times when we have other latest medicines available,” Syed Majid Qadri, President Hemophilia Society of Kashmir (HSK) told Kashmir Reader.
“This is unfortunate that despite repeated reminders and courts directions, the hospital administration is taking it casually,” he said.
Sources told Kashmir Reader that hospital officials did not purchase the emergency blood product, Factor VIII, despite ample funds available with the Government Medical College (GMC) Srinagar and J&K Medical Supplies Corporation Limited (JKMSCL).
“The Corporation has already given NOC to GMC Srinagar for getting the blood component through local purchase. It has also requested the college authorities to send details of the requirement for Hemophilia drugs,” the sources said.
Though Principal GMC Srinagar has been very keen to make available the anti-hemophilic drugs for patients, sources said, the staff has been dodging the procurement of anti-hemophilic factor.
“The officials posted in Accounts Section of SMHS Hospital are misguiding and misleading the authorities by projecting the availability of funds at their whim and caprice thereby putting the patient lives at risk,” said a doctor.
Earlier, the Hemophilia daycare at SMHS hospital had been running out of stock for the emergency blood product, Factor VIII for almost a year as there was no rate contract available with JKMSCL. After hue and cry by the patients and their families, the SMHS hospital was later asked by the government to purchase the blood component locally.
Now, the process has been delayed due to mismanagement at because lack of funds for the blood factor is not an issue.
“The hospital always faces the shortage of Factor VIII which has a huge requirement of more than 30 vials per days which costs nearly Rs 4 crore per year for 10800 vials. Nearly two lakh is required for each patient for the full course. The amount is presently available with the SMHS Hospital but they are delaying the purchase,” said a doctor.
“People accompanying critical patients are forced to buy blood factors from the open market which costs them dearly,” he said.