Kashmir running out of meds
INDIAN Kashmir residents said they are facing shortages of prescription drugs, as parts of the region remained under curfew following deadly clashes between protesters and security forces.
As the overall death toll from days of violence rose to 45, shopkeepers warned supplies were running low because lorries were unable to reach them, while residents complained of being “caged” in their homes.
“People are suffering without medicines. A lot of people are struggling for medicines for diabetes, hypertension and anti-depressants,” said Nazir Ahmed who owns a pharmacy in Srinagar.
With most vehicles ordered off the roads under the curfew, Mr Nazir said he walked 5 kilometres (3.1 miles) to a warehouse to buy medicines.
“No fresh supplies are coming from outside. This will last two to three days for my neighbourhood,” Mr Nazir said, carrying plastic bags full of drugs.
Shops and other businesses have been shuttered under a curfew which was imposed after clashes broke out following the death of a popular rebel leader on July 8. Burhan Wani, killed during a gun battle with the army, was commander of the region’s biggest separatist group Hizbul Mujahideen. –
Family members of patients at Kashmir’s lone maternity hospital Lal Ded line up for food in Srinagar.