‘Ensure availability of life-saving drugs, essential items’

The J&K High Court on Thursday directed the government to ensure availability of life-saving drugs, medicines and surgical material in hospitals across Kashmir where patients who have sustained injuries in forces’ action are being treated.
‘Ensure availability of life-saving drugs, essential items’
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The J&K High Court on Thursday directed the government to ensure availability of life-saving drugs, medicines and surgical material in hospitals across Kashmir where patients who have sustained injuries in forces' action are being treated.  

Hearing a Public Interest Litigation, a division bench of Chief Justice N Paul Vasanthakumar and Justice Muzaffar Hussain Attar also directed the government to ensure supply of essential commodities, including ration items and baby food, in the Valley areas.

The bench issued the directions after the Chief Justice treated a letter from an NGO—J&K People's Forum—as a Public Interest Litigation. In its letter, the JKPF through its general secretary, M M Shuja, has highlighted the tribulations the injured persons undergo in hospitals due to non-availability of medicines. 

"Government officers, particularly from Health and Family Welfare and Consumer Affairs and Public Distribution department—dealing with supply of essential commodities—are not functioning and there is nobody to take care of the supply of the said food items," the petitioner has pleaded.

The court directed Advocate General Jahangir Iqbal Ganai, who was present, to accept notice on behalf of the government as well as on behalf of Director CAPD Kashmir and Director Health Services Kashmir.

Meanwhile, the court ordered Director CAPD Kashmir and Director Health Services Kashmir to remain present before it on Friday at 10:30 am.  

"Since restrictions are in place for the past five days, not only people but visitors/ tourists are put to serious predicament," the court said, adding: "It is the responsibility of the state that while maintain law and order they see that people in the Valley are not put to sufferings due to shortage of essential commodities, baby food and medicines."

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