Health care in Pakistan

Pakistan is the 6th largest state of the world having a huge flux of population living in rural and urban areas. The Federal Government of Pakistan after taking her due share from NFC award promise to fulfil the four major objectives  i.e security, education, health and sanitation. Unfortunately, only 1.5% of entire budget is allocated to health and sanitation which is insufficient. Secondly, the sanitary condition are deplorable and the stagnant water absorb 150 feet in the soil mixing up with clean water, which is spreading severe diseases. Owing to this poor sanitary condition W.H.O projected the idea of oral polio vaccination.

Additionally, the number of doctors is less to tackle the problems of health. In Punjab only 1400 doctors qualify every year where as statistics show that every year 70, 000 babies born in Punjab.

The infrastructure is undeveloped. The basic health units in rural areas are not equipped enough to better the falling health of rural populace. If there are well equipped hospitals, the availability of doctors is not ensured. Glaringly, the quaks are performing in every nook and corner of the country without any fear of accountability. The medicine companies are indulge in minting money with the help of dishonest doctor, consequently killing many people. Less attention is given to sterilize the tools and transfer of blood without disease. Because of the religious myths and cultural barriers less attention is given to female health which  results in the increment of MMR and TMR.

Apart from medical sector, the industrial sector is also adding fuel to the fire. They don’t have any proper way of wasting the waste material of their industrial units. They are increasing the pollution without any single thought of health hazards. No measures have been taken to eradicate the problems of pollution or to deal with such industries.

Agriculture sectors is also indulge in the same practices unaware of the gloomy side of fertilizers and pesticides, which are being used by the uneducated farmers. This causes an alarming situation of skin problems in rural areas together with disturbing the eco-system. Lack of re-creation facilities let them to have only conjonal re-creation that results in surging the population, which is not taken proper care because of low income.

Focussing on the golden rule of “Health is wealth”, the government of Pakistan should take appropriate measures for the betterment of health facilities in Pakistan. There should be strong policies with accurate implementation. The awareness programmes should be managed to let the people know about the problems and remedies. Their should be a strong determination for cleaning the surroundings of the rural as well as urban populace. From domestic to international level, a healthy society can fight against the evils of society and let the people free from the cluthes of ignorance.

January 11, 2010 | Mohsin Ali | 1 Comment | 814 views