85000 female doctors in Pakistan, after completing their degrees on state or private expense, do not practically enter the profession. On the contrary, experts are of the opinion that even if 50% enter the medical workforce in Pakistan, 70% issues of the low-economic community particularly can be resolved.
Dr Sara Saeed, chief executive officer (CEO) of Sehat Kahani, a healthcare startup that is employing out-of-profession doctors to serve low-income communities, expressed these views.
As The News reports it, she is of opinion that if these doctors are subsequently mobilized, thousands of patients can be treated by telemedicine.
“A large number of women in lower-income group communities in Pakistan don’t have access to healthcare facilities, but there are thousands of out-of-profession female doctors who can be mobilised to serve these patients through telemedicine. This would not only lower disease burden but would also save thousands of lives in the country”
Undoubtedly and unquestionably, the impact these female doctors can make in Pakistan’s health sphere is huge. But what holds them back?
Pakistan’s female doctors – the ‘doctor brides’
Fair complexion, tall height, slim figure – another demand has been added to the demand list while Rishta hunting, i.e, doctor. Despite women making 70% of Pakistan’s medical students, very few of them actually enter the field as professionals.
While the numbers portray a hopeful picture of the feminisation of Pakistani medicine and the proliferation of female doctors around the country, the actual professionals in the field are comparatively low.
The conversely low number of actual professionals need to be analyzed as they raise questions about resource implications. Where spending on education is already less, it causes a burden on the budget while quality healthcare declines in particular.
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