SKIMS faces drug shortage as admin delay tenders since 2014

SKIMS faces drug shortage as admin delay tenders since 2014
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SRINAGAR: Shortage of essential and life-saving drugs at SKIMS Soura has put hundreds of critical patients of the institute at huge inconvenience.
Official sources said the SKIMS administration had failed to finalise the tendering process for the last four years which has delayed the approval for the supply company.
“The delay in the procurement process has lead to the shortage of vital and essential medicines including antibiotics, anti-hypertensive and anti-cancer drugs,” they said.
According a senior medico, the failure of SKIMS administration to complete the tendering process is the main reason for the shortage of the vital drugs.
“Attendants are forced to roam in the market for simple medicines and consumables, which delays the treatment. The patients, especially those reaching the hospital during the evening hours, are at risk due to the drug unavailability,” he said.
Another employee privy to the procurement process said that the hospital authorities didn’t finalise the tender of vital drugs and consumables for the last four years and they are now procuring most of the items on previous rate contracts.
The official documents also corroborated the version as the Material Management Officers have extended the old rate contracts many times for new purchases every month.
The drugs include adrenaline, dopamine, anti-cancer drugs, IV fluids, fentanyl, morphine, sentinel, Dilzem and Esmolol. All these drugs are life saving and are used in emergencies and for serious ailments.
Other drugs which must be available round the clock in the hospital are also unavailable.
“The drugs include injectables like Ondansetron, Ceftrizone, Tazobactum and Erythropoietin,” the official said.
He said the purchase committee failed to finalise the process despite available funds.