Important sectors most neglected

FAISALABAD: Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has announced that he will improve the neglected health and education sectors in his province. This is a late, but good decision. Both sectors have remained the least attended to in the history of Pakistan. The present federal government’s and the government of Punjab’s prime focus is on curbing terrorism, handling the energy crisis, constructing motorways, and running the Metro Bus Service and the Orange Line Train.

Poor people cannot afford the fees being charged at private schools and hospitals. They have no option but to leave themselves at the mercy of substandard services of public-sector institutions. Treatment and medicines in government hospitals cannot be received without having an influential source. Poor teaching staff, improper management and lack of infrastructures are major problems in the education and health sectors. The economic condition of the country, however, does not permit us to spend a huge amount of money on these sectors, but a solution can be created by devising a target-oriented fundamental approach.

Every year, four model hospitals can be made with all state-of-the-art facilities in each province in underprivileged areas. Similarly, schools, colleges and universities can also be established in those areas. After each five-year-tenure of every government, one would easily be able to see the change brought about in the lives of poor. Our political parties continue to lock horns on unnecessary issues that have nothing to do with the betterment of the man on the street. All political forces should jointly bring the problems of the health and education sectors into parliament and put pressure on the government to resolve them on an urgent basis.

Engr Mansoor Ahmed

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