On last Saturday I received an unusual call from my elder brother telling me that our uncle had passed away due to a heart attack. Our sexagenarian uncle was not feeling well and went to a private medical centre in Booni where the doctor prescribed him some medicine and let him go home.
The ailing uncle reached Tehsil Headquarters Hospital where due to unavailability of oxygen and ambulance he was asked to reach District Headquarters Hospital (DHQ) Chitral. After reaching at the DHQ hospital, he passed away. May Allah rest his soul in eternal peace! My neighbour Fakhruddin of SRSP is another indistinguishable example, who also suddenly died in a similar way.
We Chitralis are living in different parts of Pakistan and rest of the world. Wherever we are living our roots goes to Chitral, the landlocked and difficult region of Pakistan. We all know Chitral has a lack of basic facilities and even the pace of development is very slow. Any accident makes us sorrow and make realize to think and act for our collective needs but we pass only by sorrow. Under the constitution of Pakistan it is the state responsibility to provide basic facilities to its citizens and where government can’t reach due to its lack of resources they encourage private sector for the facilitations we can see good example of Gilgit-Baltistan.
We have the DHQ and THQ hospital in Chitral and Booni for the population of around more than half a million. Unfortunately, the hospitals lack all basic healthcare facilities. If you visit these hospitals you can’t find qualified doctors, nurses, technicians and other basic equipment for treatment. This is a 21th century joke with the people of Chitral. No sane voice comes out to support the community on such a crucial issue.
We Chitralis are very simple and miscalculated people. We vote without calculating the actual facts and seeing without the long-term collective development impact in the region. For the common understanding, we can see different political leaders from local council to National Assembly and this political difference pace the development work in Chitral. We need to bring the right person for the right job and this shall be the solution of our problems. But the main responsibility relies on the community to realize the collective needs and voice to fix the problem. We should welcome federal or provincial government healthcare initiatives like Prime Minister’s National Health Programme despite our political difference.
Lastly, at the end the people of the society are responsible whatever happened with them. They don’t want to change their situation and won’t want to be free from minor politics, cast and be developed. Allah says in Quran. “Indeed, Allah will not change the condition of a people until they change what is in themselves”.
On behalf of all my family members, I thank all the people who shared our grief on the sad occasion.