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Balochistan: Lacking a Cancer Hospital for Years

Balochistan: Lacking a Cancer Hospital for Years
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According to certain reports, the Quetta city alone has over 10000 cancer patients   

By Mubarak Faryad

There is no doubt to say that entire Balochistan is neglected by our leaders, politicians and the government in every respect resulting the destruction of education sector, ever increasing poverty, poor healthcare facilities, high rate of suicide cases, inflation etc.

More importantly, during last seventy five years (From 1947 to 2023), a basic need of Balochistan is missing in the province i.e. the Cancer Hospitals which is impacting the citizens of Balochistan.

In Balochistan poverty exists harshly for the people where in some areas people cannot get two times food to eat and if they do not have two times food, how can they go to Karachi for their treatment?

This question honestly has no answer. In hospitals of Karachi, the charges for treatment of cancer patients are not affordable for poor families so the people of Balochistan cannot get early treatment and owing to that they have fewer chances of survival.

Most of the patients are women with breast cancer

Further, cancer is more prevalent and at dangerous level in areas having no facilities to even diagnose. Among other risk factors, the causes of cancer may be chewable tobacco, cigarettes, and alcohol, as such items are easily available in markets for all ages.

According to the reports, there were 10,924 cancer patients in Quetta from 1998 to 2009 while from 2014 to 2017 10, 000 cases were pointed out in the same city, the bulk of them were women with breast cancer.

We always see on social and electronic media where multiple families are seeking donations for the sake of God but unluckily, the people here cannot attract the attention of the media because they are living in a backward province where deprivation is a common factor.

Former Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan had promised to provide a cancer hospital for Balochistan during his visit to Quetta. The people of Balochistan were hoping that the ex-prime minister was going to provide a cancer hospital but all hopes went in vain.

All the successive government of Pakistan have treated Balochistan wrongly. Despite being an extraordinary lucrative tool for the economy of the entire country, they do not love the people of Balochistan. They merely love the resources of this province to make themselves healthy ignoring the people of Balochistan.

The federal and provincial governments must take urgent steps to initiate a well-functioning hospital in Balochistan as soon as possible for the treatment of cancer patients.


The writer is a Turbat-based journalist.



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