A FEW days ago, I had some strange spots on my face. I thought it was an allergic reaction to something and went to the civil hospital in Turbat to consult a doctor.
The doctor told me that it would not be possible to examine or treat my skin condition and my best option was to go to Karachi. The doctor claimed that they did not even have basic facilities to give me some immediate relief.
Is this the state of all our government-run hospitals? For any medical issue we have to go to Karachi which is more than eight hours away by road.
I request the authorities concerned to look at the miserable condition of hospitals in Balochistan and come up with a solution.
WHILE polio vaccinations are vital for a growing child, I feel we also need to focus on mother and child immunisation, particularly, in Sindh and Balochistan.
The routine vaccination will protect the child against tuberculosis, measles and other diseases.
It aims to protect mothers and infants against tetanus. Immunising children with these vaccines may avert up to 17 per cent of childhood mortality in Pakistan and thus help contribute towards achieving Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 3, on reducing child morbidity and mortality.
Recently, there were several cases in Chagai where mothers and their infants died because they did not get vaccinated nor did the mother receive proper pre and post-natal care.
I hope the health authorities will look into this.
Published in Dawn, October 8th, 2019