Sindh government after the deaths of around 500 children in the region this year has decided to focus on poor health situations in Thar. According to an official, Government will appoint 200 doctors in taluka hospitals, basic health centres and dispensaries.
“The government has recently conducted a survey which reveals there are around 47,000 mothers who feed their children in Thar, so we are going to provide a special package for breastfeeding mothers,” said a health official. “Currently, the situation is the worst. There are no doctors except at Mithi and taluka hospitals. Almost all 240 dispensaries are being run by dispensers where there are no doctors. We are making all efforts to make sure that each basic health centre and dispensary is equipped with all facilities, doctors and paramedical staff,” said an official.
“Everyone focuses on civil hospital, which is located in Mithi town. Far-flung areas are deprived of basic facilities and underprivileged people can’t travel to cities and towns due to lack of transport and communication system,” said Sajid Bajeer a local journalist. “Each dispensary has an average fund of Rs8000 in a month to purchase medicine. Not a single doctor is available except for a few which have been taken up by the People’s Primary Healthcare Initiative (PPHI),” he added.
“Ad hoc arrangements are made by government and non-governmental organisations. Recently over 60 doctors have come in various areas of Thar to setup camps. There is need for permanent solution,” said a health official who works in Mithi district.
“Not only 200 doctors, we are also going to hire around 1,100 lady health workers.” He said that the government is already paying double salaries to doctors and a Rs10,000 allowance to paramedics for their duties in Thar.
The health minister’s spokesperson said “Trained midwives will be appointed in the dispensaries along with doctors who will work round-the-clock over there,” he said. Not only humans but animals are also affected due to the lack of livestock facilities. “We have also devised a plan to appoint more veterinary doctors and will share good news with you soon.” It is added.
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17 November, 2019