Believe it or not: Pantoprazole vaccines supplied by Jammu and Kashmir Health Department free of cost to patients in Frontier district Kupwara have been found empty while doctors have brought the matter into the notice of Directorate Health Service which assured probe into the matter.
Sources told CNS that last month Directorate of Health Service Kashmir supplied Pantoprazole vaccines freely to different hospitals and health centres of Kupwara district. In almost all the hospitals and health centres, these vaccines have been found unfilled.
Reports said that when Doctor Khalid prescribed the said vaccine to some patients at Sub-District Hospital, they were shocked to see vaccines empty. “As we showed the empty vaccines to the Doctor, he opened the whole lot and was surprised to see all the vaccines vide batch number JPC-005 empty,” a patient Showkat Ahmed said.
Pantoprazole is a proton pump inhibitor (PPI) used to treat stomach and throat problems related to extra stomach acid like Esophagitis, Ulcers).
The unfilled vaccines is government free supply and is not for sale but ironically, the Chief Medical Officer Kupwara Dr Khawja Munir Ahmed Khan said that it is not government supply but might have been procured by Block Medical Officer Sogam from open market.
When contacted Director Health said that he is in a meeting while Deputy Director Health Dr Bashir Ahmed Malik said that it is a serious issue and the matter will be probed on fast track basis.