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SRINAGAR: Taking note of concerns about presence of inferior-quality medicines in markets, the enforcement wing of the J&K Drug & Food Control Organization (JKDFCO) has begun lifting samples of various categories of drugs from public distribution system as well as the open market. The samples are being sent to a government analyst notified by the State for furnishing opinion with regard to their identity, purity and strength. Manufacturers found guilty of production of inferior quality drugs will be subjected to court trials under enabling provisions of the Drugs & Cosmetics Act. Several guilty manufacturers have in fact already been penalised for committing breaches.

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KAKRYAL: On the directions of Governor N. N. Vohra, Chairman Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board, 35 critically injured persons in the yesterday’s tragic incident at Siar Baba near Reasi were immediately rushed to the Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Narayana Super-specialty Hospital (SMVDNSH), Kakryal, for urgent treatment. Of those injured, two were declared as brought dead, while the other 33 are undergoing treatment at this Hospital since last evening. Of these 33 patients, 6 who are seriously injured are being managed in the Intensive Critical Care Units, 4 of whom were operated last night by the Neurosurgery Team of the Hospital.

5 other patients, having different types of fractures, shall be operated electively today by the Orthopedics Team of the Hospital. All the other patients are stable and shall be discharged in due course. It may be recalled that on being informed about the accident, Governor had directed Sh. Dheeraj Gupta, CEO, Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board, to make immediate arrangements for all the injured persons being taken to the Shrine Board’s Super Specialty Hospital at Kakryal. As per the directions of the Governor, the entire cost towards the treatment of the injured persons is being borne by the Shrine Board. Meanwhile, the family members of the patients have also been provided food and accommodation and other required support by the Shrine Board, within the Hospital premises.

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SRINAGAR: The J&K Government Grievance Cell (JKGGC) has, on the directions of the Governor N N Vohra, sought a report from the Managing Director, Jammu & Kashmir Projects Construction Corporation (JKPCC) regarding non-functioning of the lift system at various hospitals in the State. According to a statement issued by a spokesman of the J&K Government Grievance Cell, a complaint was lodged with the Cell recently by a citizen regarding non-functioning of the lift systems at JLNM and LD Hospitals in Srinagar and District Hospital Baramulla.

He said although the complaint was forwarded to the concerned for redressal, there has been no response till date and accordingly, on the directions of the Governor, who has taken the issue very seriously, a report has been sought from MD JKPCC (Executing Agency) and Superintending Engineer, Mechanical Engineering Division Srinagar (Certifying / Taking over Authority) for non-functioning and non-commissioning of these lifts.

Meanwhile, according to the spokesman, in an effort to ensure speedy redressal of the grievances /complaints pertaining to Directorate of Health Services, a review meeting was convened here today under the chairmanship of Inam-ul Haq Siddiqui, Additional Secretary, J&K Government Grievance Cell. The meeting was informed that out of 51 complaints forwarded to the Directorate of Health Services, 48 have been disposed of till date and three complaints are in the process of disposal. The spokesman said that the Governor is personally monitoring all grievances / complaints lodged by general public in J&K Government Grievance Cell to ensure speedy redress.