Kash­mir run­ning out of meds

The Myanmar Times - - World -

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. –

Photo: AFP

Fam­ily mem­bers of pa­tients at Kash­mir’s lone ma­ter­nity hos­pi­tal Lal Ded line up for food in Sri­na­gar.

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