J&K: Curfew affects supply of baby food, essential drugs

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Srinagar, Feb 15: Severe shortage of baby food and essential medicine has caused serious misery to the people of Jammu and Kashmir, a state which has been witnessing strict restrictions and shutdown in the wake of the execution of Muhammad Afzal Guru, convicted in the 2001 Parliament attack case, on February 9.

Patients across several hospitals were suffering from serious shortage of life-saving drugs caused by the restrictions and curfews that have affected supply by stockists to the retailers. Doctors at various hospitals also said that scarcity of antibiotics was causing them great problem in treating patients. Shortage of life-saving drugs like Insulin, used to treat critical patients, have been a major cause of concern, said a local chemist shop-owner here.

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It was learnt that dealers were unwilling to conduct business during times of curfew and hence the supply of medicine was taking severe blow. It was said that if the situation persisted, the Valley would soon face a serious situation.

Acute shortage of milk and baby food also made life of people miserable in downtown Srinagar. The restrictions, along with the winter conditions, have added to the hardship. Even money transaction has been seriously crippled by the restrictions and people, particularly patients were finding it difficult to buy essentials for they were running short of money.

Meanwhile, 100 people ,mostly youngsters, were injured in clashes with the police and paramilitary personnel in places like Sopore, Baramulla, Pulwama and Srinagar in the last one week, since the execution of Guru.

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