Sultan Ali Baigal
Every year nearly 50-60 top students of Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) become doctors and just 5 to 10 % of them return to GB to serve the people back. This is due to lack of any policy for the graduating doctors in Gilgit-Baltistan. Most of the BHUs, THQs, DHQs are nearly running short of doctors. Even if some crazy ones return and work in GB with the hope that someday when they pass the residency programs they would be sent for higher studies down country on deputation. But despite passing FCPS Part 1 and FPSC they only send those for higher studies who either bribe them or relate to them or have high profile sifarish.
This force many to leave GB health sector and pursue on there on to become specialists like heart surgeons, Nephrologists, Gynecologists, Medical specialists, Gastroenterologists, Pediatricians etc. in different parts of the country but mainly in Punjab. In this 21st century the whole of GB does not have a tertiary care hospital to not just for patients welfare but to train these doctors.
The doctors leaving behind everything to do specialization down country will now have no option as the Government of Punjab has passed a bill in which candidates of Punjab will be given Priority for selection, like if there were four cardiology seats and 5 candidates and one of them is from GB so despite having high merit the 4 from Punjab will be favored.
Here are few of my questions:
- KPK, Sindh, Balochistan and even AJK have training institutions for higher medical education but not in GB so where we will go now?
- Will it not cause emotional and psychological burden on doctors of GB being treated as second class citizens?
- Do the ever increasing population of GB dont have the right to be examined by a consultant doctor for a specific ailment?
- Are those few specialists working in GB immortal? and in future will it not be beneficial to prepare a new lot of specialists to face the Future challenges?
- Will the new CM be able to take this issue with the CM Punjab and solve the misery of GB doctors?