Ensure Abundance

Ensure Abundance
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The overall tension that obtains in the region these days has led to a scarcity of sorts, especially of fuel and related commodities. This has hit hospitals hard where diesel and petrol necessary for running ambulances, staff vans, back-up generators, central heating system and CSSD (central sterile service department) is in short supply due to frequent closure of the highway this winter. While the health department has sounded an alert in all hospitals of Kashmir after the divisional administration directed hospitals to stock up drugs and fuel, this process needs to be viewed as most important and urgent. This, among other things is, because logistics constitute an important and necessary part of the supply and value chains of hospitals and health services. Say, for example, if all hospitals in the valley exhaust their fuel supplies, they naturally and inevitably cannot reach to patients in both near and faraway places. Moreover, under conditions of electricity lapses, critical care facilities, procedures and operations will also be badly hit. It then is in the nature of an imperative to ensure that fuel supplies of hospitals and other health care centers do not get depleted. This also holds for other essential commodities and services. Under conditions of stress and tensions, it is perhaps the natural tendency of people, generally speaking, to hoard. (This accrues from general conditions and the insecurity thereof). When this happens, inevitably there is scarcity which is then taken advantage of by unscrupulous elements. To obviate and prevent this condition from becoming a comprehensive reality, what must be ensured is an abundant supply of goods, commodities and services and their easy distribution at a scale and scope that the common man is able to access these without difficulties. The starting point of this has to be hospitals and allied health services. Moreover, hospitals must also ensure that they are well equipped in all domains of their activities and thereby cope up. If, however, there is a lackadaisical approach and attitude taken with respect to adequate and abundant fuel supplies in hospitals along with other needs and requirements, it could potentially be alarming. The current time is also one where people need to and must reach out to each other in a helpful idiom, especially to the vulnerable segments of society. Let then loins be girded and conditions that are propitious for all, particularly, the sick, the ill and the poor be taken recourse to.