Health is not a pri­or­ity

Pakistan Observer - - OPINION - KHUR­RAM IQBAL

Health and ed­u­ca­tion are the most vul­ner­a­ble ar­eas of our so­ci­ety, which have never been the pri­or­ity of any gov­ern­ment. The fo­cus of ev­ery gov­ern­ment and in par­tic­u­lar this gov­ern­ment hov­ers around con­struct­ing mo­tor­ways, roads and met­ros yet such big projects are not go­ing to ad­dress the griev­ances of the peo­ple at all. Take for ex­am­ple Mandi Ba­haud­din, one of the im­por­tant cities of Pub­jab, hav­ing high lit­er­acy rate and a chunk of bu­reau­crats and judges come from this city ev­ery year. It has around 1.8m pop­u­la­tion, how­ever the health fa­cil­i­ties in this city have reached to the low­est ebb.

There is no ser­vice of ICU, CCU and MRI ser­vice. No spe­cial­ist doc­tors are avail­able here. The DHQ and THQs of the city present a very dis­mal pic­ture. Ev­ery­day many pa­tients go to Lahore for bet­ter treat­ment. It looks as if the most ed­u­cated district of Pun­jab is the most ig­nored district by the gov­ern­ment as far as health­care is con­cerned.

A cou­ple of weeks back, at DHQ of this city Dr. Mu­jahid Mughal, Med­i­cal Spe­cial­ist and con­sul­tant physi­cian was mis­han­dled by some lawyers and district ad­min­is­tra­tion didn’t bother to do any­thing against these lawyers and even­tu­ally Dr. Mu­jhahid ren­dered his res­ig­na­tion. He was a hope for the pa­tient of that area but now that hope has also been snatched away. The CM Pun­jab is re­quested to take no­tice of the ap­palling health is­sues be­ing faced by the peo­ple of this district. —Via email

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