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Fake news on shortage of Medicine from Kashmir

Brief Outline: One of the viral messages from Kashmir tweeted as, “My mother hasn’t taken medicines for the past three days now, all supplies at home are exhausted and there is a dearth of medicine throughout the valley”  

Facts Check: False / Not True

Viral News on Social media:

My mother hasn’t taken medicines for the past three days now, all supplies at home are exhausted and there is a dearth of medicine throughout the valley. I am worried about the ailing mothers' and the health of my entire nation who are in need of some medical help or the other.

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Facts Check Analysis: One of the fake messages on social media claiming a shortage of medicine Kashmir. The image taken for this post is not new and has been taken from a news post from Greater Kashmir.

As per the news on Greater Kashmir, A "shocked" father, Bilal Ahmad made a fervent appeal to the "militant group" to let Ehtesham return to his parents as he was "young and naive".

The news was first published in November 4, 2018.

Ehtesham, a resident of Khanyar area of downtown Srinagar, went missing on Sunday (October 28) from his hostel at Sharda University in Greater Noida, nearly a month after he was assaulted during a group clash at the varsity between Indian and Afghani students.

 

Current Medicine shortage in Kashmir

The Jammu and Kashmir administration accepted there was a shortage of baby food in the Kashmir Valley for nearly two days but said the issue has been resolved and fresh stocks had been received.

The administration has dismissed reports suggesting that there is a shortage of medicines in the region, which is under an unprecedented security cover. Jammu and Kashmir’s Department of Information and Public Relations (DIPR) categorically denied the reports, saying most of the chemist shops in the region are functioning.

The Jammu and Kashmir administration on Sunday announced that all 376 notified as well as 62 essential or life-saving medicines are available in stock in the Union Territory for 15 to 20 days.

The administration said that medicines worth Rs. 23.81 crore had reached retail shops in the last 20 days -- slightly higher than the monthly average.

After August 5, the day Union government revoked Jammu and Kashmir’s special status, Article 370, and divided the state into the two Union Territories, J&K, and Ladakh — Kashmir is under lockdown and there is a problem in reaching essential in the valley. Markets have been shut and the supplies of essential commodities are said to be affected in some areas.

As the movement of people on the ground is slow, getting essentials as medicines have indeed caused distress among the people. Though medicines are present for another couple of weeks, getting medicine is the problem now in the valley.