Pakistan is attributed to the lack of access to basic health care services, poverty, lack of health infrastructure and personnel, illiteracy, women’s low status, inadequate water supplies and sanitation. In the urban areas, access to health care clinics and facilities is not a problem, though the general state and quality of public services is very poor. On the other hand, in the rural areas, people live far from hospitals and basic health care units.
Keeping these indicators in mind HOPE- An Health NGO in Pakistan has initiated a step forward in collaboration with it partners to provide free health check-ups so that health status of these underprivileged masses can be improve and timely treated.
Thatta has a very successful HOPE School and a Hospital which has been functioning since 2006. HOPE’s Thatta & Sujawal Hospital has become an important landmark in the city’s landscape as a provider of much-needed health care so not just for the residents within the vicinity, but also for the surrounding regions. Specifically, in the maternity, mother and child care sector. The need for qualified personnel, space and equipment is always on the increase.
Providing world class health care facility is an obligation on HOPE. A number of medical and surgical facilities and services are provided some of which are as follows: Labor rooms, Maternity services, X-Ray, Blood Bank, Laboratory, Gynecologist Surgeries etc.
Recently HOPE set up a medical Camp in Thatta and Sujawal where men, women and children, but mostly women and children came to sought treatment for common diseases such as Fever, Diarrhea, Urinary infection (UTI), Respiratory infection, Skin diseases, Typhoid, Phenomena and Malaria.
The doctors present at the camp were: Dr. Abida Shaikh- A Gynecologist, Dr. Aleem - A General Physician and Dr Zaffar.
Furthermore, treatments for PEADS, general diseases, antenatal checkup, ultra sound, and pregnancy related checkups were also performed at the medical camps
A total of 300 plus patients were treated and prescribed medications at the Thatta Camp while, 250 plus patients were given treatment at the Sujawal Medical camp.
All in all, HOPE- An NGO in Pakistan conducted a very successful medical camp with patients returning back to their homes satisfied and content.
Dr. Mubina Agboatwalla- a child specialist in Karachi, has always focused in providing better and increased health facilities to the rural, poor people especially those of Thatta, Sujawal and adjoining areas.