Health facilities in Thar
Posted on 11 months ago
I was appointed as an Assistant Physiotherapist BPS-16 at Civil Hospital Mithi, Tharparkar district, on a three-year contract. I joined the department on March 21, 2007, and the contract expired on March 20, this yeat.
The chief minister of Sindh extended my contract for one more year on the strong recommendation of the EDO Health, Tharparkar.
However, it was not to be. My contract was terminated in spite of all the recommendations by the health department. I had a wide experience in physiotherapy and was at the disposal of my patients in the desert of Thar, where hardly any doctor lived for more than a few months at a stretch. Though I lived in Karachi for many years, but after gaining experience in my field, I decided to return to Thar to serve my people.
I was the first one to be appointed as physiotherapist at Mithi. Patients from the entire district of Tharparkar come to Mithi Civil Hospital for treatment. Prior to my joining, people used to travel to Karachi and Hyderabad to get treatment.
It was not only expensive but beyond the reach of ordinary people. Thar is the land of poor and isolated people; the need of a physiotherapist in the district of Tharparkar is even greater. It would also be pertinent to mention that there is an acute shortage of doctors and nurses in the district of Tharparkar. Doctors, nurses and paramedics are reluctant to serve in this area.
Since I have a close affiliation and attachment with Tharparkar and empathise with the problems of its people, terminating my contract is nothing but a heartless decision. I was the only physiotherapist working in district Tharparkar, as nobody else was willing to serve here.
I have served more than three years in District Tharpakar so my services may kindly be regularized and I have an experience of four years at the same post. I therefore request the President of Pakistan and higher authorities of Health Department, Sindh, to reappoint me/regularize my services.
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