Healthcare in villages
22 November, 2012
I want to attract the readers' attention towards access to healthcare facilities in the villages of Pakistan. I recently visited a village named Bheela Hithar near Kasur. There are no diagnostic laboratories, no pharmacies and no hospitals present in that area. We all know that 67 percent of our population resides in villages, devoid of all those facilities we have in big cities like refrigerators, air conditioners, computers, microwave ovens, etc. Keeping in mind all of this, one question keeps bothering me: how can people living in villages cope with diseases that are chronic in nature and need regular monitoring and medication? How are they supposed to deal with chronic diseases like diabetes, hypertension and hepatitis? In Pakistan these diseases are so common that every third person suffers from any one of them at any given time. People in villages neither have access to insulin to cure diabetes nor do they have refrigerators in their homes to preserve the medicine properly. They do not have medication to treat hepatitis, dying without knowing that they are suffering from it.
I request all government organisations and NGOs to establish disease diagnostic centres in every village with at least one pharmacy from where people can get those drugs that are present in the National Essential Drug List (NEDL). We need to save lives instead of losing people because they have not been diagnosed with hepatitis, diabetes and such other diseases or because they are unable to gain access to medication.