Transgender plead for equal healthcare facilities

The transgender community dwelling in the twin cities of Rawalpindi and Islamabad on Monday expressing their resentment over discriminatory treatment in healthcare facilities asked the authorities concerned to devise a policy to ensure equal care to the segment. Though under the “Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Act, their rights have been recognized but they were not being practiced and the segment has to go through embarrassment at public facilitation centers. A transgender representative residing in Rawalpindi, Nadeem Kashish, said, “We are the most marginalized population and have to face stigma in our daily lives for being dealt as aliens in an Islamic state despite Constitutional provision of complete protection and equal rights.”
Kashish said, “ We are being mocked even in bad health conditions which was against Islamic teachings and laws of humanity and our section was in dire need to be provided exclusive look after in the government hospitals.
Another transgender,Yasir Boby, hailing from Islamabad appreciating doctors for their cooperative behaviour said, “We demand separate counters and wards to be taken care exclusively.” A social Activist Maliha Ehsan said it was unfortunate that a vulnerable class of the society was not being given due recognition even at healthcare facilities, meant to serve humanity without any discrimination. She urged the authorities concerned to give due consideration to the transgender’s concern to ensure equality and justice in our society.
Talking to APP, spokesperson of the Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS) Dr Khawaja Waseem said it was true that transgender face numerous issues in hospitals as there were no Standard Operating Procedures to provide medical facilities to them “considering their identity issues.” He stressed the need to devise a special mechanism for the treatment of the members of the transgender community because “It was a very serious issue and must be given priority.”—APP

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