Jammu: Non-availability of anti-haemophiliac drugs endanger patients' lives

  • Navneet Dubey, Hindustan Times, Jammu
  • Updated: Jun 09, 2015 21:54 IST

There are no drugs in the Jammu province to treat haemophiliac patients. Despite repeated reminders, no funds were released by the government in the current financial year.

There are more than 130 registered patients and around 100 unregistered patients in Jammu the region and the treatment facility is only available at the Government Medical College Jammu and Sri Maharaja Gulab Singh (SMGS) Hospital Jammu.

Due to non-availability of anti-haemophilia medicines, a few patients have also started developing complications. The attendants of such patients have approached administration of both the hospitals, but with little success.

Moreover, the high court has also directed the authorities to ensure round the clock availability of drugs at the Hemophilia Care Centre, GMC Jammu.

The GMC administration has demanded release of Rs 25 lakh to meet urgent requirements and purchase of anti-haemophiliac drugs. Medical Superintendent SMGS, Jammu, Dr Dara Singh, has confirmed the non-availability of funds to procure anti-haemophilia drugs.

"We have written to GMC, Jammu, J&K Medical Supplies Cooperation and other concerned authorities to provide funds for haemophilia drugs. The doctors toil hard to bring patients to a stability level and for want of drugs, all may go in vain.

The patients are suffering due to non-availability of medicines and their plight is worrisome," he said.

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