Public health in danger

Shahida Diljan

Public health issues seem to be at the lowest priority in Pakistan
as the country is spending just 0.9% of the budget for public health. Public hospitals are in dire straits due to non-availability of trained doctors, nurses, equipment and medicines. Rampant corruption has further compounded the problems. People are being crucified while our PM and VIPs enjoy foreign treatment at state expenses. Private hospitals are so expensive that poor people can’t afford any type of treatment there. This amply proves that the life of a poor in Pakistan is worthless. Does democracy mean resources are only meant for rulers and their cronies while health of ordinary people is immaterial? The government should take sincere steps to improve the conditions of all public hospitals in the country.
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