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Child Healthcare In Pakistan
Childrens' healthcare in Pakistan is abysmal and serious efforts are needed by the government to save the lives of thousands of children who die every year from avoidable diseases. Moreover, child health in Pakistan is a major cause of concern, with 1 among 10 children dying before reaching the age of five. The main reason for the mounting child mortality rate in Pakistan is the lack of child healthcare facilities in rural areas, where the majority of population lives. Extreme poverty, low literacy and insufficient emergency child health services in government-run hospitals are amongst the major reasons behind Generator – Blessing Or Curse?growing diseases in children. In order to save the lives of children, pediatric institutes should be opened in all districts of Pakistan.
Farhan Baig,
Karachi

Taxi Stands At Hospitals
The taxi and rickshaw stands at the entrance of Agha Khan and Liaquat National Hospitals are a big hindrance to the movement of other vehicles. Due to this there are massive traffic jams at these places, particularly during peak hours. Hence, sometimes it takes half an hour by car to cover a 10-minute distance. I strongly protest against this illegal occupation at the hospitals' entrances and demand the authorities concerned to look into this matter.
Sara Javed,
Karachi

Polio Cases In Sukkur
It has been revealed by WHO that polio virus has been detected in the sewerage lines of Sukkur. To combat the risk of getting infected, 100 per cent coverage of vaccination should be extended throughout Sukkur. It is the national duty of every Pakistani to help in eradicating this crippling disease. Everyone from politicians, to celebrities, to religious leaders should come together to take part in this campaign. We need one more campaign to make our young children strong enough to combat polio. It is my request to all the parents that they should get their children vaccinated instantly.
Jaiser Hamid,
Sukkur

Drug Equivalents
This is apropos the anguish faced by the patients who have to go through tremendous ordeals in order to search the brands of medicine prescribed by their doctors. It is very distressing to see that some doctors prescribe only their favourite brands to their patients which are sometimes not available in pharmacies. As a result, patients are unable to follow the prescription. It would be more convenient if doctors also mentioned the generic names of the medicines that they are prescribing so that patients can get proper assistance from the pharmacy staff. The authorities concerned should take adequate measures to ensure the provision of quality pharmacy services in the country.
Aelia Rehan,
Lahore

Students' Dilemma
Annual examinations are held in sizzling summer every year. Load shedding coupled with extreme heat during examinations makes life difficult for the students. Moreover, students are unable to study because of 14 to 16 hours of load shedding even in major cities like Lahore. Government has already turned its back on citizens who are surrounded by a myriad of problems. In spite of recurrent protests, government has failed to solve the electricity issue and there seems to be no end to it. Educational boards and universities should rationally consider that we live in a country where summer is extremely hot and power outages are a bitter reality.
Areeba Pervaiz,
Lahore

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Adil Munir,
Rawalpindi

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