ISLAMABAD Despite tall claims of the PPP-led regime to fix minimum pay scale in both private and public sector at Rs6000, the Lady Health Workers are compelled to work for just Rs3,000, TheNation has reliably learnt. LHW acts as bridge between the care provider of formal health system and the community. They provide preventive and curative services to their communities in the field of health education including maternal and child health, nutrition, family planning and treatment of minor ailments. In Pakistan where mother and infant morality rate is high, the importance of LHWs cannot be denied. LHWs with a burden of responsibilities on their shoulder were never given their due status, which they deserved. In 2000 LHWs worked at Rs1600 and after a decade has passed but still they are getting Rs3,000 monthly stipend. According to independent statistics in Pakistan infant mortality rate stands at 65.14 deaths per 1000 births and after every 20 minutes, a women dies in Pakistan due to complications related to childbirth. There is no end to plight of lady health workers, as the government despite pledging more than once has not yet enhanced their salary packages nor ensured any timely payment of their salary. In a situation where 73 out of every 1000 children die before their first birthday and where mrtality rate in children under 5 is 103 per 1000, LHWs should be given more incentives to work with more dedication in order to bring down the MMR and IMR, noted a LHW working at Islamabad. She opined that LHWs, who provide medical help and medicines to the people in the far-flung areas, are getting a meagre amount of only Rs3000 per month for their valuable services to the community. Even this small amount is not paid timely and we have to wait for months for their salaries she added. By providing medical services to people at their doorsteps, the LHWs are playing a pivotal role in maintaining public health but these poor ladies have been subjected to enormous social and financial problems due to their next to nothing salary for a rather tough duty. It is to be mentioned here that Pakistan occupies the third highest place in under-5 mortality rate in Asia. Neonatal, infant and child mortality rate is the highest among children of mothers aged less than 20 years. Lady Health Workers (LHWs), who have a minimum of 8 years of education and are residents of the community they serve, undergo 15 months of training. They then serve approximately 1,000 individuals, delivering a range of services door-to-door related to maternal and child health, including immunisation promotion, growth monitoring, FP, and health education. The involvement of LHWs in national level health related activities like Polio, Maternal and Neonatal Tetanus elimination activity, EPI vaccination, DOTS therapy, nutrition activities and AFP surveillance is of much importance. As the specific objectives pf LHWs were to reduce Infant Mortality Rate, Mother Mortality Rate, to increase in Immunization coverage, early initiation of breast-feeding and deliveries by skilled birth attendants. Initiated under the Ministry of Health, the Lady Health Worker Programme (LHWP) was aimed at integrating family planning (FP) into the doorstep provision of primary health care. They also treat minor ailments and injuries, and are trained to identify and refer more serious cases.