In what could become a hurdle in the functioning of district hospital Rajouri, the firm supplying majority of medicines has stopped supplies to the hospital due non-payment of bills, official sources told Greater Kashmir.
Sources told Greater Kashmir that a firm having contract of supplying medicines, drugs and other allied items has snapped its supply to the hospital due to non-release of pending bills worth several lakh rupees, informing health department about the same.
"Several bills of the firm are lying pending with the health department amounting to a liability of about twenty five lakh rupees", the sources said.
"Several reminders were recently sent to the health department by the firm but no response was given, forcing the firm to stop its medicine supply. A letter informing the same has been received by the authorities yesterday", sources further disclosed.
The firm, source said, has been supplying medicines, drugs, surgical items and other allied products to the hospital, especially in the gynae ward through a contract under National Health Mission.
Meanwhile attendants of several patients admitted in the hospital complained about shortage of medicines.
"We are not getting most of the medicines from hospital and after trying all options we had to purchase drugs and medicines from market", said an attendant. Meanwhile, senior political leader Yougesh Sharma expressed grave concern over the issue.
While talking to media persons, Yougesh said that district hospital Rajouri is already in shambles as post of Medical Superintendent is lying vacant.
"Now the firm has stopped supply of medicines which will directly affect the patients", he said.