The most essential sectors for the prosperity of our country are unfortunately the most disregarded in Pakistan. Both health and education sectors in Pakistan are in dismal state. As far as the health sector goes in its 70-year history, Pakistan’s varying governments, be it civil or military have not considered health as the priority. Exchanges around health strategy get practically no space in the plans of political gatherings. As it is said there is always need to identify and accept problems before fixing them. The amount spent on health services out of the total GDP of the country doesn’t even allow the administration to bring any betterment in the system. Abysmal health services of the country leave the patients with the only option of private hospitals. But the apathy depicted by our government has no match, be it the developed west or the developing countries world, public expenditure provides for the patients’ health. They are being facilitated in all possible ways unlike Pakistan.
People in Pakistan, do not ask for any financial assistance anymore from the government but they still expect it to bring betterment in the quality of the health services provided in the government hospitals. People who are being crammed in the emergency wards over each other and those who lose their loved ones everyday due to poor health conditions in the hospitals are not at all interested in the macro level issues that are raised in the lavish assembly halls of our Parliament. People who are being thrown on the filthy beds of the government hospitals and those who are not even allowed entry into the wards due to lack of space only hear the hollow slogans of politicians. If government hospitals in major cities like Rawalpindi and Islamabad can leave a person astounded then condition of the backward areas can rightly be estimated.
Due to government’s apathy in when it comes to health and educations sector, millions across Pakistan are deprived of basic healthcare and education. Only a mere fraction of the country’s citizens can afford the costly services provided by private institutions. Even the rulers themselves don’t deem local medical facilities fit for their use and usually travel abroad for even routine health checks.