Updated: May 24, 2021 at 6:34 p.m. IS
Islamabad [Pakistan], May 24 (ANI): As the health status of women in Pakistan ranks 153rd in the global health and survival index, one of the main reasons for this is the growing disparity in gender in health and the diminishing role of the family system.
According to the 2006-07 Pakistan Population and Health Survey, the maternal mortality rate was 276 deaths per 100,000 live births. Although he has improved to 186, he is too tall, Khadija Mughal writes for The Nation.
In addition, women have insufficient nutrition in many households and families are very hesitant to take women from their families to a doctor. To make matters worse, about 85,000 doctors, who have finished their careers, are not part of the Pakistani medical system, according to a 2019 report.
“A large number of women in Pakistan’s lower-income group communities do not have access to health centers, but there are thousands of non-professional doctors who can be mobilized to care for these patients through telemedicine. This would not only decrease the burden of the disease, but it would also save thousands of lives in the country, ”said Dr. Sara Saeed, CEO of Sehat Kahani, a Pakistani healthcare startup.
In rural Pakistan, women face more vulnerability, such as cultural stigma with the use of toilets by women in the presence of male family members and many women are forced to defecate in fields. open, which makes them unable to maintain proper hygiene, according to The Nation. .
Most women in Pakistan’s rural population use firewood in the stoves, which is one of the leading causes of respiratory diseases, which increases their vulnerability to COVID-19.
“Compared to men, women in Pakistan are less likely to receive information about COVID-19, due to limited Internet access, limited ownership of mobile phones and a comparatively lower level of education. Global Digital Report 2018, women in Pakistan are 37 years less likely than men to have a mobile phone or have internet access, ”according to UN Women data.
The COVID-19 pandemic has increased inequality in women’s health as they faced many barriers to accessing health centers, but they have made a significant contribution to fighting the pandemic, The Nation reported.
However, experts believe the women’s health scenario in Pakistan seems bleak. When activists try to protest or leave for these issues, they face online harassment and the media, threats and even accusations of blasphemy.
“Health care should be imagined as a feminist issue, which the feminist movement in Pakistan has to address as it is the place where oppression, violence and patriarchal exclusions occur in the most visceral sense. : Denial or provision of inappropriate health care on the basis of gender means the difference between life and death, ”said gender rights activist Shmyla Khan. (ANI)