ISLAMABAD: Giving importance to the personal request of Krishna Kumari Kohli, the first-ever Hindu Dalit, who has recently been elected Senator, the Sindh government has transferred seven senior lady doctors to Tharparkar. They will serve especially the female patients of this marginalised area, the sources told The News here on Sunday.
According to the official notification issued on March 16, 2018, seven senior women medical officers (BS-18) have been transferred to Tharparkar with immediate effect.
The senior women medical officers who have been transferred to Tharparkar included Dr Shehnaz Akhtar, Dr Yasmeen Memon, Dr Sheela, Dr Yasmeen Baloch, Dr Padma, Dr Rizwana Zafar and Dr Khadija Nawab.
The sources said there was only one lady doctor named Dr Indra Kohli in Taluka Nagarparkar, who was working round the clock to provide health facilities to the patients.
They said since her election as a senator, Krishna Kumari Kohli has been constantly making efforts for drastic measures to improve health facilities in Tharparkar, adding, “The Sindh government some days back has also provided 12 well-equipped and state-of-the-art 4×4 Toyota Hilux Ambulances for the hospitals in Tharparkar.”
The sources said two ambulances each have been provided to Taluka headquarters hospitals of Tharparkar for timely transportation of patients from rural and hardest areas to hospitals or even to tertiary level health facilities for the management of critical conditions.
According to the data of the Sindh Health Department, it is providing health services to 1.65 million population of the Tharparkar district through a network of 253 health facilities, including one DHQ hospital, six THQ hospitals, six RHC, 33 BHU and 207 government dispensaries.
The provincial government, on the request of Krishna Kumari, has also agreed to provide 100kg of wheat each to 287,000 families of Tharparkar in a bid to protect them from perpetual pre-monsoon drought season debt-chains, which gulped every year their rain-generated agriculture/livestock proceeds.