Jammu: To ensure adequate supply of life saving drugs especially anti-cancer, anti hypertensive and anti diabetic drugs in the Valley in the wake of lockdown due to Coronavirus, the J&K Drug and Food Control Organization (DFCO) has airlifted substantial stocks of such medicines, requiring special storage conditions, to the vendors namely MRS Enterprises, Extensior Pharma, JS Traders, EFF AAY Traders, Bahri Agencies & JAY ESS Brothers located at Srinagar. The consignment weighing about 631 Kg would be sufficient to suffice for 2 months.
Pertinently, these drugs have been airlifted from National Capital under a well knit contingency plan in response to certain reports of shortage of such medicines from across the valley amidst enforcement of Pan India Lockdown to manage and contain the spread of Coronavirus. The supply chain of these drugs was hampered due to lockdown and also National Highway road blockade.
The services of Air force, Red Cross and top functionaries of J&K government have been utilized to arrange supplies of anticancer drugs, Insulin Preparations, drugs used in cardiology from the National Capital.
Besides, sufficient stock of all categories of medical products ( Pharmaceutical preparations, Medical Devices and other supportive materials) have also been dispatched to Valley from 38 C&F locations belonging to reputed Pharma houses located at Jammu. These dispatches have reached their destinations and are sufficient to meet the requirement for pharma trade and also end users.
In addition, the airlifting of pollution masks, hand sanitizers , thermal Jackets, N95 masks and drugs recommended for prophylactic use against COVID 19 i.e Hydroxy Choloroquine have also been airlifted for defence personnel, Health workers and district administration.
Financial Commissioner, Health & Medical Education, Atal Dullo, has appreciated the efforts of all the agencies which made it possible in the given situation. He expressed satisfaction and issued instruction to the concerned authority to ensure that availability of all categories is ensured in pharmacies located in private and public sector.
He appealed the stakeholders to maintain close co-ordination during these difficult times and ensure that the public at large is not denied access to essential drugs due to this Pandemic.