Islamabad, The Pasban Democratic Party (PDP) Islamabad and Rawalpindi has expressed grave concerns over the non-availability of essential vaccines, including those for monkeypox, diphtheria, and dog bites, at Pims Hospital in Islamabad. This situation is seen as a significant public health risk, particularly in the wake of new emerging diseases.
According to Pasban Democratic Party , Mustanir Al Hasan Gilani of the PDP highlighted the urgent need for modern laboratory facilities and the provision of necessary medicines in government hospitals. The party criticized the allocation of national resources, questioning the depletion of funds for essential medical supplies while rulers and high officials maintain their privileges.
The PDP’s statement comes in response to a report about the unavailability of a diagnostic test for leptospirosis at Pims Hospital and the National Institute of Health Islamabad. This concern was raised after the reported death of a young man infected with leptospirosis, a disease spread by animal waste, particularly following floods. The necessity for modern laboratories and drugs to combat such new diseases was emphasized.
The statement further criticized the government’s priorities, pointing out the discrepancy between the lavish spending on officials and the lack of medical facilities for citizens. Gilani urged the government to ensure the supply of vaccines and medicines in hospitals, proposing that the privileges of rulers and high officials be reduced if necessary.
The party called for immediate measures from the health department to address this crisis on an emergency basis. They suggested that establishing a special budget for government hospitals across the country would prevent such shortages of medicines and improve overall healthcare provision.
This situation at Pims Hospital raises significant concerns about the state of public healthcare in Islamabad, highlighting the need for better resource allocation and infrastructure to meet the medical needs of the population.