To ensure an adequate supply of life-saving drugs especially anti-cancer, anti-hypertensive and anti-diabetic drugs in the Kashmir Valley in the wake of lockdown due to Coronavirus pandemic, J&K Drug and Food Control Organization (DFCO) has airlifted substantial stocks of such medicines, requiring special storage conditions, to Srinagar. The consignment weighing about 631 Kg would be sufficient to suffice for two months.
Pertinently, these drugs have been airlifted from National Capital under a well-knit contingency plan amidst enforcement of Pan India lockdown to manage and contain the spread of Coronavirus.
The services of Air Force, Red Cross and top functionaries of J&K government have been utilized to arrange supplies of anticancer drugs, Insulin preparations, drugs used in cardiology from the national capital.
Besides, sufficient stock of all categories of medical products( Pharmaceutical preparations, Medical Devices and other supportive materials) have also been dispatched to Kashmir Valley from 38 C&F locations belonging to reputed Pharma houses located at Jammu. These dispatches have reached their destinations and are sufficient to meet the requirement for pharma trade and also end users.
Financial Commissioner, Health & Medical Education, Atal Dulloo has appreciated the efforts of all the agencies which made it possible in the given situation. He expressed satisfaction and issued instruction to the concerned authorities to ensure that availability of these drugs and equipment is ensured in pharmacies located in private and public sector.
He appealed the stakeholders to maintain close co-ordination during these difficult times and ensure that the public at large is not denied access to essential drugs due to this Pandemic.