Dr Qaisar Sajjad demands revamping healthcare delivery
KARACHI: Pakistan Medical Association (PMA), offering recommendations, has demanded of the federal government to revamp healthcare delivery in the country.
A statement on Monday said that the medical association has always offered recommendations and also given a charter of demands to the government to improve the healthcare system but their demands always fall on deaf ear as nothing was changed in the sector during the year 2017.
Instead of any improvement, many things went from bad to worse, it said. PMA Secretary-General Dr SM Qaisar Sajjad said that the healthcare delivery system in the year 2017 further deteriorated and has failed to facilitate the poor masses.
He said that there was lack of facilities in the hospitals from treatment to cleanliness. He said that the poor sanitary conditions and overflowing sewerage water around many government hospitals can be seen in different parts of the country.
“Even potable water is not available in some hospitals. These unhygienic conditions are adding to the miseries,” he said, adding that mosquitoes, house flies and bed bugs were found in and around the hospitals that cause diseases like malaria, chikungunya, dengue, diarrhea, etc.
Even this year, “we were not able to control the preventable diseases. Waterborne diseases remained on the rise. Oral cancer could not be controlled because we failed to ban the import of beetle nut,” Dr Qaisar Sajjad said. Proper hospital waste management processes have not been adopted anywhere in the country, he also said.
“All this is increasing the burden of diseases in Pakistan,” he said and added that the basic facilities for patients and attendants did not show any improvement in the government-run hospitals. “One can see so many medical stores and laboratories running around the public sector hospitals, because these hospitals are not providing these facilities to their patients,” he said.
According to the WHO recommendations, the health budget of any country should at least be 6% of the national GDP. “In our case, the health budget, despite repeated pleas and reminders to the government, has remained less than one percent,” he pointed out. “We could not carry out an affective vaccination/immunisation programme with honesty, commitment and professionalism during 2017,” he said.
“We could have eradicated many diseases. Even after having dozens of polio rounds, we were not able to achieve the goal of a polio-free Pakistan during 2017,” he said. Dr Qaisar Sajjad said that the PMA believes that proper planning, political will, honesty, increase of health budget and its proper allocation and above all consolidated preventive measures can improve the health delivery system in 2018.
He said that the PMA was always ready to help and support the federal and provincial governments in this regard.