ISLAMABAD: Representatives of the transgender community on Tuesday demanded a special ward and counter in hospitals to avoid any discriminatory attitude towards the community members during their visits to the hospital.
They were of the view that they were not properly looked after when they have an emergency regarding their health issues.
Transgender Nayab Ali said, “We are facing stigma in our daily lives, though for last a few years our rights are still to be recognized.”
One of the serious issues, which people of our community face, is a non-availability of special counters or wards, she said, adding that the doctors are cooperative, but sometimes transgender people have to face discriminatory attitude in hospitals.
Social Activist Maliha Ehsan said it was very unfortunate that their health issues were not being discussed by the hospital or health ministry nor doctors were given training in this regard. She urged the authorities concerned to create separate wards for them and give them equal access to health facilities like other members of the society.
She said that through the efforts of Ministry of Human Rights (MoHR) they have inaugurated the separate ward for transgender people, but it does not cater to their needs owing to the big community in the city.
She asked the authorities concerned to create more separate wards for them and give them equal access to health facilities in hospitals.