DAK demands uninterrupted supply of Anti-Haemophilic Factors at SMHS

Srinagar

Doctors Association Kashmir (DAK), President, Dr Suhail Naik on Friday said that Hemophilia patients of the Kashmir valley are deprived of quality health care which the Government is bound to provide them.

A delegation of Haemophilia patients association recently called upon DAK to brief them about their problems.

“At present there are about 280 Hemophilia patients registered in Kashmir Hospitals who are in constant need of Anti-Hemophilia drugs like Factor VIII,VWD Factor, & FEIBA which are not always available at the hospital counter,” the DAK said in a statement.

“On the directions of Hon’ble High Court few years back Government had allotted a budget of Rs 2.5 crore per year for the drug procurement for these patients but this amount is too meager considering the huge number of patients. The delegation informed us that Govt. had recently sanctioned an additional amount of Rs 1.5 crore for the procurement of these drugs which was forwarded to Principal Government Medical College (GMC), Srinagar who had in turn forwarded it to Medical Superintendent, SMHS Hospital, Srinagar,” the statement said.

The patient delegation alleged, they were informed by the authorities that at present only 100 vials of “Factor VIII Injections” has been procured, though a fair amount of money was sanctioned recently for the same.

It is pertinent to mention here that these anti hemophilic drugs are life line for these patients and non availability of same would be life threatening for the patient.

Dr Naik said that it’s a matter of great concern that Govt has kept a very low budget for Health Care whereas in other countries Health budget is given the topmost priority. He demanded the Principal, GMC, Srinagar to issue directions for the swift procurement of these drugs so that patients don’t suffer.

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