Health is wealth

Pakistan Observer - - OPINION - SUALEHA AKHTAR

Health is wealth is a com­mon proverb that we hear most in our life. It’s true health is very im­por­tant for all of us. But health care sit­u­a­tion in Pak­istan is re­ally de­plorable. The rea­son may be poverty or lack of guid­ance. The sit­u­a­tion of govern­ment hospitals is very poor. They treated pa­tients as if they are an­i­mals. And in govern­ment hospitals pa­tients have to face prob­lems be­cause ma­jor­ity of the hospitals do not even have ba­sic fa­cil­i­ties. In govern­ment hospitals doc­tors are rarely avail­able and medicines are not avail­able at time of its need. And in pri­vate hospitals doc­tors or ba­sic fa­cil­i­ties are avail­able but their fees is so high that poor peo­ple can’t af­ford it. And some peo­ple due to lack of guid­ance go to ha­keems for treat­ment. They are not ed­u­cated so how can they treat peo­ple in way that doc­tor do. Poverty is also a big prob­lem of bad health sit­u­a­tion in a coun­try. Be­cause those who have no money for food how can they fight against their dis­eases? And due to which peo­ple suf­fer from very bad dis­eases due to mal­nu­tri­tion. The big­gest ex­am­ple of mal­nu­tri­tion is Thar. An­other prob­lem is that peo­ple use medicines with­out doc­tors’ ad­vice. It is not good to take medicines with­out doc­tors. It’s purely govern­ment’s re­spon­si­bil­ity to pro­vide bet­ter and good health cover to its cit­i­zens. A proper health bud­get should be made and there should be proper check­ing of hospitals and all the ha­keems should be banned that are in ev­ery street of the cities.

— Karachi

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