A large segment of the Pakistani population lives in poverty, even those above the poverty line are unable to afford medical care. And this situation has become worse due to COVID-19 which further decreased the economic growth rate, at a time when inflation was already creating problems for the vast majority of the country.
For such people, the only access to health care is through few government hospitals, some charitable health institutes and free medical camps organized by private hospitals and NGOs. As the number of government & free medical hospitals are limited the role of private institutes becomes greater to reach such people through medical camps which have become a ray of hope for many Pakistanis.
Recently Tabba Heart Institute, one of the most renowned and prestigious heart hospital in Pakistan, held similar medical camp at their outreach centre in Hyderabad. Around 1,000 people got screened at the Free Heart Screening Camp.
People came not only from Hyderabad but also from other nearby cities including Badin, Umerkot, Tando Allahyar and Mirpurkhas to get screened.Earlier they held a similar medical camp in Karachi providing the same services to the people for Karachi.
Tabba Heart Institute provided not only free medical consultation but also medication and tests including blood sugar and ECG. Such heart screening makes it possible to diagnose cardiovascular disease at early stage reducing the severity of the problem and death rates.
If such medical camps are launched by all private hospitals on regular intervals then a huge segment of Pakistan’s population which is unable to get screened and get medical services will be able to get medical attention. This will save thousands of life which are lost due to late diagnosis or are undiagnosed and untreated.