Hospitals face shortage of vaccines to deal with swine flu
Srinagar, Feb 13:
Hospitals across the valley are running short of vaccines for H1N1 influenza
leaving both the staff and patients vulnerable to the deadly infection.
were tested positive at Sher-e-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS).
Of whom three have been discharged after treatment. Eleven patients including
five males and a child have been admitted to the hospital.
More than 750
people have been tested for H1N1 influenza at SKIMS since September 2019.
Except 14, all have been tested negative for H1N1 strain.
An official at
SMHS Hospital said 70 to 80 percent of the staffers have not been vaccinated
since September when the suspected flu cases were tested.
“A good number of
patients with viral infections are reporting to the hospitals nowadays. To make
the matters worse, there is neither ample number of N95 masks nor sufficient
medication available ,” the official said.
An official at
Government Super Specialty Hospital, Srinagar, said limited number of vaccines
is available at the facility. “A lot of the staffers have not been vaccinated
because there is shortage of vaccines,” he said.
A senior female
gynecologist at JLNM hospital, Rainawari, said they had neither been informed
about the precautionary measures nor administered any vaccines.
mothers are more susceptible to the virus. However, we have not been equipped,”
The situation is
worse in the district and sub-districts hospitals which also receive a good
number of patients from high risk groups.
A senior doctor
posted at sub-district hospital, Charisharief, said no staffer has been
vaccinated in the hospital.
“None of the
staffers at the hospital have been vaccinated. We have not been provided with
any masks,” he said.
there is no testing facility available at Pulwama district hospital.
collection happens here. We later send them to the tertiary care hospitals for
proper diagnosis,” said Dr Jameel, Medical Superintendent at the Pulwama
Baramulla district hospital, four to five samples suspected of having H1N1
strains, were sent to SKIMS for tests.
“We have all the
adequate vaccines and isolation kits available at the hospital,” said Dr
Masood, Medical Superintendent at Baramulla district hospital.
Srinagar Dr Parveiz Shah said that around 4000 vaccines have been procured in
December last year.
vaccines, we have enough medicines, isolation kits, and personal protection
gear available at the hospitals,” he said.
Kashmir, Sameer Mattoo said over 2,500 vaccines have been procured and
administered to all the high risk groups in September.
“We are ready to
tackle any adverse situation . The required equipment and medicines have been
sent to the hospitals across the valley,” Mattoo said.