Dismal healthcare constitutional negligence of rulers

KARACHI: Dismal healthcare in Pakistan is the result of the negligence of rulers towards their constitutional responsibilities to ensure proper medical care of citizens, said Pasban e Pakistan President Altaf Shakoor.

In a statement here Saturday on the occasion of the World Health Day, he said rising disease burden in the country and shrinking medical care facilities for the poor in our country is a matter of grave concern. He said the government has even failed to provide the citizens with basic facility of clean potable water.

He said the concern shown by the Water Commission over water supply and sewerage disposal facilities in Sindh should have been eye-opener for the rulers, but sadly they are as insensitive as they were before the formation of the Commission. He said the municipal and industries filth is being directly discharged into our sea, rivers, lakes and canals. Resultantly, the waterborne diseases are on a constant rise.

He said the situation regarding the spread of hepatitis in our country is alarming and the main reason is again the contaminated drinking water. He said billions of rupees in budgetary funds are allocated every year for supply of clean water, but this taxpayers’ money goes to the pockets of corruption mafia.

He said situation of healthcare in rural areas of Sindh is just pathetic, where a large number of children have already been dying due to malnutrition, stunt grown and lack of facilities in government healthcares. He said the World Health Organization stresses the need that all people should be able to realize their right to the highest possible level of health. He said; however, in Pakistan the dream of “health for all” is still a distant dream. He said it is the duty of the government to ensure that every citizen can access essential quality health services without facing financial hardship.

He said the countries that invest in universal health coverage make a sound investment in their human capital. Quoting the WHO, he said access to essential quality care and financial protection not only enhances people’s health and life expectancy, it also protects countries from epidemics, reduces poverty and the risk of hunger, creates jobs, drives economic growth and enhances gender equality.

He said we also fully support the notion that “no one should have to choose between death and financial hardship. No one should have to choose between buying medicine and buying food.” Altaf Shakoor said the worsening environmental conditions and poor policies towards agriculture are also serious threats to our nation.