No shortage of medicines in J&K: Govt
Jammu & Kashmir

No shortage of medicines in J&K: Govt

Agency News

New Delhi, Aug 25 : Dismissing the media reports over dearth of medicines in Jammu and Kashmir, the administration on Sunday clarified that there was no shortage of medicines, especially in the valley.

The State Government said that alone in Srinagar, out of 1666 chemist shops 1165 are open.

The Kashmir valley has 7630 retail chemist shops and 4331 whole sale shops, out of which an average of 65 percent shops are open .

"Medicines worth Rs 23.81 Crore reached end user retail shops in last 20 days which is slightly higher than monthly average", the J&K administration said.

All 376 notified drugs are available at Govt shops and also private retailers, where as 62 essential or life saving drugs are available and there is a 15 to 20 days stock of both categories, they added.

The average delivery time from placement of order is 14-18 hours from Jammu as most of the distributors are located in Jammu region.

The state government admitted that there was shortage of baby food in the valley for nearly two days but now the fresh stocks have been received which is sufficient for the next three weeks.

A Jammu and Kashmir official said that the three persons each stationed at Jammu and Chandigarh for quick dispatch of medicines and baby food and SDM East is nodal officer for coordinating for valley supplies.

SDM East who is nodal officer for coordinating valley supplies said that there were no case of over pricing received in 72 test check cases conducted by the officials