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Covid-19 crisis: All major hospitals in valley run shortage of Remdesivir

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Stocks arriving, situation to stablize from tomorrow: MD JKMSCL

Srinagar: Amid the steep surge in Covid-19, the families of sick Covid-19 patients are moving from pillar to post to arrange Remdesivir injections as almost all major hospitals in J&K are running out of stock from the last several days.
All major hospitals including SKIMS Soura, SKIMS Bemina, SMHS, CD Hospital, JLNM and others are facing acute shortage of the Remdesivir given mainly to ‘very sick’ covid patients.
PRO SKIMS Soura Kulsooma Bhat when contacted said that stock of Remdesivir has exhausted given the unexpected rise inn Covid patients.
Medical Superintendent SMHS Dr Nazir Ahmad Choudhary 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 that very soon the stock would be available.
Medical Superintendent Chest Disease Hospital Dr Saleem Tak, when contacted said that CD hospital has no stock of Remdesivir from the last three days.
Dr Shifa Deva Medical Superintendent at SKIMS Bemina told that JVC Bemina hasn’t been notified as Covid designated hospital as of now again but there is no supply of Remdesivir available at the hospital.
Dr Bilqees Shah Nodal officer at JLNM hospital Srinagar said that the hospital is running without Remdesivir from 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 must for the sick COVID-19 patients because it is very effective as by administering Remdesivir, patients hardly needs oxygen supply besides that they recover in a very quick time.
Managing Director Jammu and Kashmir Medical Supplies Corporation Limited (JKMSCL) Dr Yashpal Sharma, when contacted said that Remdesivir shortage is a global phenomenon.
He said that the production of Remdesivir was actually halted after Covid-19 cases showed a dip but the production has been restarted after the recent spike.
Sharma said that the Government of India (GoI) has intervened and have fixed quota state/UT wise.
“We have been given two companies namely Mylan and Sun Pharma and have already distributed over 4000 vials manufactured by Sun Pharma to hospitals in 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 at around 3 pm.
He assured that till tomorrow morning, situation will get stabilised as every hospital will get the supply. (KNO)


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