Asserting that there was no shortage of drugs at the SK Institute of Medical Sciences to deal with the situation emerging after the outbreak of swine flu, the hospital authorities Thursday said they have sought 50,000 Tamiflu injections and 6000 of them would reach Srinagar by Feb 20.
"It is not that everyone who has normal cough and cold needs to be given a dose of Temiflu. We are not running short of these injections in the hospital," Director SKIMS, Dr Showkat Zargar told Greater Kashmir. He said they have placed order for 50,000 Tamiflu injections. "By Friday, we will get 6000," Dr Zagar said.
He said the supply will come from a Hyderabad-based company that has already been supplying such medicines to the hospital.
On whether there was a need of immediate help from the Government of India, the SKIMS Director said they have best testing facilities in place and as such there is no need of immediate help from New Delhi. "We are dealing with the situation to the best of our capability," he said.
Sources in the SKIMS, however, assert that the hospital authorities were not giving Tamiflu injections to the patients. "It's not clear whether all those tested positive have been given a dose of Tamiflu.
The hospital authorities must come clean on this," sources said. According to experts, Tamiflu is the best treatment available to deal with the patients tested positive for the H1N1 influenza.
Director Health Services, Kashmir, Dr Saleem-ur Rehman said they are getting some medicines from Jammu. "I repeat that the swine flu virus has been active in Kashmir since 2009. We are getting some medicines from Jammu hospitals to deal with the situation," he said.
"Our team of experts and doctors are working hard to deal with the situation. The situation is not out of control though there have been some deaths."
A senior doctor at the SKIMS, wishing not to be named, said they are prioritizing the treatment of patients that include pregnant women and children below the age group of five years and those who are already underlined with some disease like liver disorder, kidney ailment, asthma and diabetes, etc.
"This, however, doesn't mean that we are ignoring those who have fallen prey to swine flu without having any underlining disease," he said.
Ironically, many people having problems related to breathlessness, acute cough and cold, are not ready to go to SKIMS for treatment.
"My parents told me not to go to SKIMS as I may catch swine flu. I have been on a treatment for cough and cold and I am recovering. People are scared to visit SKIMS for treatment," said Zahid Rasool, a resident of Nishat area of Srinagar.