Gabopat and its cloud of desolation –
In one very large corner of Pakistan’s most developed metropolitan, there’s a lost town, Karachi’s second largest and home to over hundred and thirty thousand masses that are either vendors or belong to the labor forces. ‘Gabopat’
In spite of their many contributions to the country’s economy, basic health infrastructure has been farthest on the priority lists of the past governments. And lack of other basic civil conveniences, such as proper sanitation, only further contribute to these concerns.
Statistical outlook of the problem that is health! –
A number of conducted surveys have resulted in statistics that lean towards diarrhea, malaria and pneumonia being the major causes of deaths in Keamari and other areas representation of a similar situation. According to public sector hospitals, over 0.15M cases of diarrhea were reported in Sindh. About 5% of the aforementioned stats belong to the subset of Keamari. 15% of that subset is relevant to the people of Gabopat which is a Union Council of Keamari.
According to Dawn Newspaper, more than 50K children die annually in Pakistan due to diarrhea. WHO’s epidemiological profile of Pakistan for the year 2015, reported 0.2M cases of Malaria, 22% of which originated from Sindh. Out of the Sindh stat, about 2K of the reported cases were from Keamari. Further inspection revealed that one fourth of this number stemmed from the Union Council Gabopat.
All these substantial statistics, shed light on a pressing matter that has been buried for far too long: the lack of proper health infrastructure in Keamari and its adjoining areas.
State of Keamari’s healthcare infrastructure –
-Over 0.7million people deprived of basic healthcare, a provision we take for granted because of how easily accessible it is to most of us-
The health infrastructure in Keamari is extremely lacking. Dispensaries exist but are non-functional. Those that are, are low on employees, medicinal equipment and stock.
As such, for the locals the only option left is reaching out to healthcare establishments located in more developed areas. But the non-existent road network and lack of public transport availability even make those travels challenging. Even in the off-chance that an afflicted person does somehow reach a functional establishment, the probability of the patient being treated on time is miniscule.
This has been the fate of the locals ever since the great migration. If this state of healthcare remains unchanged, the people of Keamari are unlikely to ever walk into a healthy future.
The locals’ demands are neither too high nor unattainable; they simply want what is their basic right, health, and the right to live healthy.
It’s time we all do something about it!
Note from the Author
Sehatmand Mustaqbil plans to set up a telemedicine pilot project in Gabopat, a UC in Town Keamari, and requests for contribution from people and organizations in the value chain. To learn more about how you can contribute, click here.