Government of Punjab Pakistan recently announced to set up a network of rehab centres in every district of Punjab New Rehab Centres In . Pakistan already have a few government and non -governmental organisations which are trying to fulfil our rehabilitative needs, however changing times demands a multi dimensional approach for the rescue and rehab of the disabled. Pakistan is facing an increase in number of disability cases from birth defects to Polio, terrorism, industrial and road accidents, which are constantly challenging health care sector in Pakistan.
Healthcare and Rehab Situation; We have basic health care infrastructure in the form of BHU and District Hospitals, which may not be perfect; however this framework can be utilised as the bases for the new rehab system for referral and followup purpose.
Existing Governmental and Non Governmental Organisations Providing Rehabilitative Services In Pakistan;
Suggestions To Improve Rehab Centres Functionality;
- Relevant Feed Back:
Format , should be decided only after relevant feedback of the people in the field or who faced disability with their loved ones and know the concerns.
- Local Solutions; Procedures and format should be finalised while keeping our local unique needs, in mind instead of European models.
- Satellite / Mobile Units:All over the world social welfare programs work better if they are widespread, instead of building big few units in urban Pakistan, we should set up many small mobile /satellite units to cater all who need help in remote areas , which will prevent population shift to bigger cities as a double benefit.
- Capacity Building; We have a lack of professionally trained staff in disability sector, There is an urgent need for trained staff from diagnosticians, therapists to rehabilitative service providers,our existing educational system needs to add a substantial number of courses and curriculum in disability and health care fields, which can be achieved in short time with enhanced diploma and degree programmes (with state’s help) by offering scholarships and grants.
- Awareness Compare to Education;Use media, use mobile applications to educate and inform people on important issues regarding disability, from prevention to rehab and inclusion , up to their maximum capacity, and apply an approach for a system which reaches to people.
Our geographical and social environments are very varied across Pakistan, when disability strikes, it makes it impossible for the person and the families involved to perform their daily living activities one person’s disability becomes a disability for the whole family .