Non-availability of hemophilic medicines claims another life

Non-availability of hemophilic medicines claims another life

Arif Shafi Lone, a 14-year old boy who was admitted in SKIMS last Monday due to injury which he sustained while playing cricket.

 After battling for life for seven days in the intensive care unit of SKIMS a young hemophilic patient finally breathed his last at 9:35 pm on Tuesday night.

Arif Shafi Lone, a 14-year old boy who was admitted in SKIMS last Monday due to injury which he sustained while playing cricket was on ventilator for the past many days without any proper medical assistance.

“I have lost everything,” said his father Muhammad Shafi Lone. “I tried everything to keep my son alive. I pleaded with the hospital authorities but to no avail. They just gave false assurances. 

Had my son been given medicines on time, he would have been alive. I cannot bear this loss as I have already lost my four children due to the disease”, he said. 

“We purchased medicines from Delhi on our own but it was too late. Had the medicines been available in Srinagar, the boy could have been saved,” said Adil another hemophilic patient.

“Due to non-availability of medicines his condition deteriorated and he died,” he further added.

“Last year negligence of doctors led to the death of two patients with head trauma. They were wrongly diagnosed by pathologists of SMHS hospital as there are no hematology doctors at the said hospital,” said Pir Naseer a hemophilic patient of Handwara.

“From the last seven months there is no medicine available at the hemophilic centre at SMHS hospital risking the lives of hemophilic patients”, he further added.

Muhammad Yousuf a resident of Bemina said; “I am always in worry of losing my son a hemophilic patient as I can understand how much care I take of not letting him to play so that he won’t get hurt. This has led to his psychological depression and isolation from others. I can understand how difficult is to lose a child because I have been myself through it”.

“The first priority is to make medicines available in the hospitals to save precious lives. But the authorities are playing with the lives of these patients,” he further said.

“Despite court orders for making medicines available 24 hours for hemophilic patients nothing has happened on the ground,” said Muneer Ahmed another hemophilic patient.

Director SKIMS Dr Showkat Zargar said he was helpless as he doesn’t have the funds to buy the medicines. “The funds were given to GMC Srinagar and GMC Jammu and not to SKIMs,” he said.