Public Health System is Failing in Balochistan with Little Health Spending and Lack of Doctors Even in Provincial Capital of Quetta

The Basic Health Unit at Gatti Dohr, Gwadar, Balochistan does not have a single doctor to serve 8,000 people across 4 nearby villages. The number of doctors is increasing every year in Balochistan but the doctor patient ratio is still off the WHO requirement of 10 doctors for every 10,000 citizens.

The current spending is less than 1 rupee for public health out of every ten rupees of the Balochistan budget. According to Government of Balochistan health data there are only two doctors for 10,000 people in Balochistan. Anyone who falls critically ill in places like Gatti Dohr has one option–to take the patient either to GDA Hospital or to the District Headquarter Hospital of Gwadar city. But most of time both hospitals have limited resources and facilities so they refer patients to the closest hospitals 230 km away, in Turbat, district Kech or to 630 km away in Karachi, Sindh province.

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About Mariyam Muhammad Suleman 3 Articles
Mariyum writes opinion articles, feature stories and blog posts related to the issues of the underprivileged. Her stories focus on the allocation of government resources and combine analysis with character driven storytelling about those impacted by the issue, especially around education and gender equality. She hopes the program will give her the skills to find untold stories about issues that are holding back development in her region and how these pieces of the puzzle contribute to the big picture of the region’s future prospects.

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