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Covid-19 wave: Kashmir hospitals run out of life saving Remdesivir

Amid a steep surge in Covid-19 cases, the families of patients are running pillar to post to arrange Remdesivir injections as almost all major hospitals in Jammu and Kashmir are running out of stock for the last several days.

All major hospitals including SKIMS Soura, SKIMS Bemina, SMHS, CD Hospital, JLNM and others are facing an acute shortage of the Remdesivir given mainly to Covid-19 patients.

PRO SKIMS Soura Dr Kulsooma said that the stock of Remdesivir has exhausted given the unexpected rise in the number of Covid-19 patients.

Medical Superintendent SMHS Dr Nazir Ahmad Choudhary too said that Remdesivir is not available at the hospital and he is not sure when they will get the stock.

Choudhary said that they contacted JKMSCL which has assured them that very soon that stock would be available.

Medical Superintendent Chest Disease Hospital Dr Saleem Tak said that CD hospital has no stock of Remdesivir for the last three days.

Dr Shifa Deva Medical Superintendent at SKIMS Bemina said that JVC Bemina hasn’t been notified as Covid designated hospital as of now but there is no supply of Remdesivir available at the hospital.

Dr Bilqees Shah Nodal officer at JLNM hospital Srinagar told KNO that the hospital is running without Remdesivir for the last four days.

She said that they are trying to contact different sources and companies in this regard but as of now nothing has been received.

She said that Remdesivir is a must for the sick Covid-19 patients because it is very effective as by administering Remdesivir, patients hardly need oxygen supply besides that they recover in a very quick time.

Managing Director Jammu and Kashmir Medical Supplies Corporation Limited Dr Yashpal Sharma said that there is a shortage of Remdesivir globally.

He said that the production of Remdesivir was actually closed after Covid-19 cases dipped but the production has been restarted after the recent spike.

Sharma said that the Government of India has intervened and have fixed quota.

“We have been given two companies namely Mylan and Sun Pharma and have already distributed over 4000 vials of Sun Pharma to hospitals in the last few days,” he said.

He said they were expecting more supply today morning from Karnataka, however, the flight got delayed and it reached Srinagar around 3 pm.

He assured that by tomorrow morning, the situation will get stabilised as every hospital will get supply.

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