The solution to our healthcare problem lies in strengthening primary health care, which we have ignored.
Current life expectancy in Pakistan is 67.7 years, while 149 countries have higher life expectancy than us.
We need a paradigm shift where primary healthcare is concerned...
Environmental factors alone take the lives of around 13m people annually around the globe.
Usually, 15pc of pregnancies are high-risk, requiring special care.
Even in ‘normal’ circumstances, pregnancy is a high-risk condition for women in Pakistan.
We don’t have any appreciation of preventive healthcare and our system is entirely curative.
Well-meaning but unrelated medical aid and donations may do more harm than good.
Unfortunately, many doctors continue to play into the hands of the milk formula industry.
Paul Farmer broke the mould of ‘mainstream’ and went where healthcare was most needed.
PCR testing has drastically gone down in Pakistan and our disease surveillance system needs much more strengthening.
Of the 8m deaths that occur globally each year due to tobacco use, 170,000 are in Pakistan.
We can build back better to be more prepared and resilient the next time around.
The new rulers need to pay attention to our state of preparedness for a recurrence of Covid-19.
Good policies formulated by the previous government must be retained by the new set-up.
The private healthcare sector has not really become a partner to national health services.
In the wake of Covid-19, important developments have taken place in Pakistan’s health technology space...
Some individuals are science and art personified.
A comprehensive national security policy has to have a proper place in it for human health.
The number of cases represents just the narrow tip of a huge submerged iceberg.