Lack of med­i­cal staff

Pakistan Observer - - OPINION -

SA­HAR ZEHRA

Sum­mer has set in and this year pre­dic­tion of tem­per­a­ture is al­most 50C. Last year, more than 2000 death were re­ported due to heat waves. And the most im­por­tant is­sue re­ported in 2015 was lack of doc­tors, pera med­i­cal staff, short­age of wa­ter and short­age of med­i­cal fas­cil­i­ties in hospi­tals.

Lack of med­i­cal staff in civil and Jin­nah hospi­tal has been re­ported. Private hospi­tals are so ex­pen­sive that these are out of the reach of poor peo­ple and 60% of Karachi’s pop­u­la­tion is liv­ing un­der the poverty line. There are only few govern­ment hospi­tals in the city of 20 mil­lion pop­u­la­tion. And among these few hospi­tals there is acute short­age of med­i­cal staff. Govern­ment should take premp­tive action on this ac­count or again get ready for thou­sands of ca­su­al­ties. —Via email

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