Low Medical Staff Occupancy Rate in THQs; Specialized Services Lacking

Low Medical Staff Occupancy Rate in THQs; Specialized Services Lacking

Seventy six Tehsil Headquarter Hospitals (THQs) monitored by FAFEN in January 2012 showed less than 50% occupancy rate of sanctioned positions for medical staff including anesthetists, gynecologists, ENT specialists and physicians. The situation was quite alarming in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan where all positions for specialized staff were not even sanctioned while in hospitals where…

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Two-fifths of Basic Health Units Without Maternity Beds

Two-fifths of Basic Health Units Without Maternity Beds

ISLAMABAD, January 18: A Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) report on Wednesday said some maternity services were found lacking in Basic Health Units (BHUs) observed in December 2011. FAFEN Governance Monitors visited 133 BHUs in 87 districts nationwide- 65 in 34 districts in Punjab, 28 in 21 districts in KP, 24 in 16 districts in Sindh, 13 in as many districts in Balochistan and three in as many agencies in FATA.

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82% Monitored RHCs without Ophthalmology Services

82% Monitored RHCs without Ophthalmology Services

A report based on the monitoring of 80 Rural Health Centres (RHCs) across Pakistan in November 2011. ISLAMABAD, DEC 26: A Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) report on Monday said specialized services like labour and eye rooms as well as equipment were found lacking in some of the 80 Rural Health Centres (RHCs) monitored in November.

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Dispensaries Lack Basic Medicines; Patients Complain of Overcharging

Dispensaries Lack Basic Medicines; Patients Complain of Overcharging

ISLAMABAD, Dec 14: A Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) report on Wednesday said basic medical equipment and free medicines were not available in 145 dispensaries visited nationwide in October this year. The report said items indispensable for protection from germs and transmission of communicable diseases like sterilizers and syringe cutters were not available, nor were free medicines prescribed by doctors.

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DHQs Overstaffed, Lack Psychiatry and Physiotherapy Services

DHQs Overstaffed, Lack Psychiatry and Physiotherapy Services

ISLAMABAD, November 18: A Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) monitoring report on Friday said several cases of overstaffing for administrative, support staff and other positions were observed in 55 District Headquarter Hospitals (DHQs) across Pakistan in September this year.

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Tehsil Level Hospitals Lack Diagnostic and Medical Services

Tehsil Level Hospitals Lack Diagnostic and Medical Services

ISLAMABAD, Nov 3: Forty-six Tehsil Headquarter Hospitals (THQs) monitored in 34 districts nationwide in August 2011 were found to be lacking basic medical services, according to a report released by Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) on Wednesday. It said more than half – 57% – of them did not have pathology departments while 40% of the monitored THQs lacked pediatrics and 38% were without gynecology and obstetrics departments.

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Price of Medical Tests and Services Decrease in October 2011

Price of Medical Tests and Services Decrease in October 2011

Compared to September, the prices of as many as 26 commodities decreased and those of 19 went up while six commodities saw no change in October 2011. On average, the prices of commodities like wheat, fruits, chicken, some pulses, medical tests and kitchen fuel decreased by 5.4% while those of yoghurt, eggs, chapatti, beef, some pulses and rice varieties etc. increased by 8%. FAFEN collected the prices of 52 commodities from 170 retail outlets in 85 districts across the country.

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Many Prescribed Drugs Unavailable in BHUs

Many Prescribed Drugs Unavailable in BHUs

An overwhelming majority of patients visiting Basic Health Units (BHUs) monitored by FAFEN during July 2011, complained regarding availability of free of cost prescribed medicines (prescription drugs) at in-house pharmacies. In comparison with FAFEN’s monitoring reports on BHUs since April 2010, the availability and issuance of free of cost medicines has improved by at least five percentage points. However, the huge number of patients’ complaints in July 2011 suggests that despite the improvement, patients’ needs for medicines are not adequately met at these primary healthcare facilities.

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RHCs Lack Staff for Diagnosis and Treatment of Diarrheal Diseases and Malaria

RHCs Lack Staff for Diagnosis and Treatment of Diarrheal Diseases and Malaria

A report Based on Monitoring of 97 Rural Health Centers in 66 Districts across Pakistan in June 2011 Rural health centers monitored nationwide in June 2011 did not have staff to run disease control programs for diagnosing and treating specific diseases. Almost a quarter of the RHCs monitored nationwide did not have staff to run the…

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Dispensaries Need More Medicines, Equipment

Dispensaries Need More Medicines, Equipment

ISLAMABAD, July 3, 2011: Government needs to invest more in the state-run dispensaries, the first unit in the healthcare infrastructure, to enable them to effectively cope with the basic medical needs of the people. Investment in medicine supply, services, equipment and infrastructure is seriously warranted since government dispensaries observed by FAFEN in May 2011 showed a worrying lack of capacity to provide safe treatment to patients, according to the FAFEN Health Institution Monitor, released here on Sunday.

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