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Gojal Health Service Dilemna
Gojal Health Service Dilemna

Health facilities in Tehsil Gojal-A huge dilemma

Tariq Rahim Baig

Tehsil Gojal located at the upper most part of Gilgit Baltistan with a population of about 25,000 tenants, has its importance through the Pak China trade route. Tehsil Gojal has its border meeting China through Khunjerab Pass and other connecting Afghanistan in Chipurson Valley.  Tehsil Gojal being the largest tehsil in GB has been neglected by the Government in all aspects of development but we cannot deny the role of NGOs in its development process.

Gojal Health Service Dilemma

Gojal Health Service Dilemma
Credit: Parveen Roy

Health facilities in the region has been the most static problem that people are facing since a long time. The only 10 bedded hospital built in the tehsil headquarter Gulmit equipped with high technological instruments lack with doctors. Several people suffer due to the unavailability of health facilities in the Tehsil.  Gojal has been in a disaster situation since 5 years where people are traveling by boat to access the lower parts of the country for their basic needs. No alternate means of travel are available to cope with emergency situations. Although the Chinese Road and Bridge Corporation is working on the realignment of the Karakoram Highway affected due to the Attabad landslide but will be opened during the mid of 2015.
Recently three youngsters lost their lives due to improper treatment in the THQ hospital. Several maternity cases have been observed inside boats due to unavailability of maternity facilities. Patients have to travel downwards to the valley even for the treatment of a minor case. People give up with their lives in accidents for not being properly treated. Despite of several hardships the people accommodate themselves on self help basis.
No doubt Government has qualified and dedicated doctors who also want to serve their people but still not a single doctor is being deputed in the THQ Hospital in the Tehsil. The issue has been addressed several times through social and print media but the Health Secretary is stand still over his decision. What would one expect from these bureaucrats who take their earnings from the taxes paid by the public and neglect the basic issues of people. For how long would be the Tehsil ignored further? The chief secretary of GB should take action against the person involved in neglecting the issue and the Health Secretary should be brought forward to owe his explanation to the public. I would request Chief Secretary to open his eyes and save the lives of the people where new cases are registered daily.
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