In a country that is riddled with overpopulation, having access to medical care in terms of both equipment and doctors should be seen as crucial in maintaining a borderline standard for living. Since the mostly well-maintained and stocked private hospitals only cater to the select few, the burden almost entirely falls on the public sector. A plethora of flaws and issues have been pointed out in the health sector however, with no possible solution in the works. The previous government witnessed widespread strikes by doctors protesting the lack of structure in the system, and given the poor quality of healthcare being provided to the public, they may have had a point.

It must be noted that the protests were orchestrated to protect the interests of the doctors, and not of the people, but at the same time, the lack of structure they had a problem with affects those on the receiving end as well. The government has a very marked shortage of doctors working in the country, with the added problem that the already limited number generally prefers staying in the big urban areas such as Lahore, Karachi etc. the fact that the system is inefficient and malleable by elements such as nepotism means that a doctor graduating from medical school can call in favors to stick as close to home as possible. That means that the already scant number manage to keep themselves away from areas where doctors are needed most, in rural areas or less-developed cities like Sialkot, which interestingly, has two teaching hospitals with state of the art dialysis centers, but no urologists or nephrologists to run them. For a teaching hospital to not have any doctors in two very important fields is shocking in itself. But the fact that this has been the case for over a staggering four years makes it a matter which should prioritized immediately.

Villages and cities considered to be of less import are suffering at the hands of diseases ranging from viruses like malaria to long and painful ailments such as cancer and HIV. The fact that their infrastructures are less developed already make them more susceptible to maladies and given the fact that doctors are not willing to work in these areas is a travesty for national healthcare. The public is left on its own with traditional remedies being used to try and heal itself and advances in medical care are completely unknown to most people in this country. It is time the healthcare system begins improving itself because terrorists are not the only threat to human life; entire cities have been historically wiped out by viruses and plagues, and Pakistan would do well to remember that the forces of nature can be cruel and unforgiving.