Ne­glected health sec­tor

Pakistan Observer - - OPINION - SAMI ZA­FAR

A few decades ago, the health­care pro­fes­sion was con­sid­ered as one of the noble pro­fes­sions in the world. In cur­rent cir­cum­stances of Pak­istan, ev­ery pro­fes­sion be­came com­mer­cial­ized, even health care sec­tor as well. We all know that the con­di­tions of Govern­ment hos­pi­tals is re­ally ap­palling, with the rou­tine is­sues like un­hy­gienic en­vi­ron­ment, un­avail­abil­ity of doc­tors, poor sys­tem of at­tend­ing emer­gency cases of ac­ci­dents and se­ri­ous in­juries.

If you don‘t have con­tacts or a per­son doesn’t have an arm-twist­ing ca­pa­bil­ity, he stands nowhere in these hos­pi­tals. As a re­sult, peo­ple don‘t have choice ex­cept to go in the pri­vate hos­pi­tals.

In pri­vate hos­pi­tals, we find proper in­fra­struc­ture and proper health care fa­cil­i­ties but they charge huge amount for the treat­ment. In pri­vate hos­pi­tals, doc­tors are just loot­ing the poor pa­tients by all means in the form of heavy con­sul­tancy fee, tests and medicines. This is be­cause doc­tors have com­mis­sion on ev­ery sin­gle test and the medicine pur­chases on dif­fer­ent iden­ti­fied med­i­cal stores and phar­ma­cies. The govern­ment should step for­ward to take im­me­di­ate action and take note of the pri­vate hos­pi­tals run­ning only on com­mer­cial lines.

The real rem­edy lies in ac­cept­ing the Con­sti­tu­tional obli­ga­tion that it is the re­spon­sil­ity of the state to pro­vide ed­u­ca­tion and qual­ity health­care to the masses. —Karachi

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