This section is dedicated to develop and understanding regarding Pakistan's basic health issues and finding a road map to a practical and viable health policy through discussion among general population and the health professionals. Please visit the health policy blog to give your worthy input in the relevant sections.
Simplify The Complex Health issue
To Solve any complex problem first simplify it. Presume our health system is a complex problem. Let us simplify it by raising few questions. A quest for the answers will lead us to the solution.
Premise : " Better Health is achievable at low expenses without foreign aid"
A Health policy must address core health issues.
Who are our Current Health Policy Makers & What is our current health policy?
What should be the outline of our Realistic Health Policy?
Should main bulk of our health budget go to secondary and tertiary health care ?
What are our main Health issues?
Is a common man aware of the Four tiers of health care system? Does he know where exactly to go when he falls sick?
What is our Current Health Care Delivery Apparatus?
Health Equation --> Preventive & Primary Health Care?
PHC = LHW & Prevention = 0
Is Lady Health worker all what primary health care is about ? Is Prevention out of syllabus?
A little cost at preventive & primary health care can save a lot at advanced care
Does Sickness revolve only around delivery, infant care and family planning.
By providing the services of LHWs have we fulfilled our obligations of PHC?
What is the actual concept of Primary Health Care.
Do we know what is Family Medicine?
Are we clear about the importance of the institution of a family physician?
Do we know how Family Medicine & Primary Health Care are intertwined?
We know the jargon
" Prevention is better than cure"
but do we really understand the value of preventive care.
Reactive or pro-active?
Should we wait for our enemy to strike us and then we will start preparing our defences?
Damage Prevention and early damage control is always cheaper.
Do we allow any untrained person to fiddle with our expensive machines?
Is our body the cheapest household item so that we let the least trained people fiddle with it?
Do we know the role of quacks in spreading current epidemic of Viral Hepatitis?
Are we not going to stop health criminals commonly known as quacks?
Is govt not going to put the things right for us? Should not the sufferers raise their voices now? Must they keep on suffering for ever? Key to solution is awareness of the problem. Become aware of your health issues. Become aware of Health care system. Learn to differentiate between authentic health care systems and fake ones. Promote Health Education.
Our dreams have long been stolen. We must get them back. We must get out of despair. We need to act and act now. Our actions will change our tomorrow. We must not remain reactive alone. We need to become proactive.