Death of Urooj: hostel and campus health facilities

Naeem Ahmed Qazi 09:16 PM | 29 Sep, 2018
Death of Urooj: hostel and campus health facilities
Yet another precious life has been wasted by the incompetence, irresponsibility and ignorance. The 20-year-old Urooj Fatima, a BS student, was left alone to grapple with an intensely painful and slow death in a college hostel. While the warden denied any medical facility and why had not she done so? In a country where human life, except that of the elite, has no value even in the eyes of the government, why a public office holder would even think of deviating from the track.

The controversial statement of the College Principal depicts her inhuman and indifferent approach. She told the media that the deceased had cardiac issues. While the fellow students of the departed asserted that, it was a fault of the administration, who deprived her of any medical assistance at the hostel.  Both the dishonorable attitude and lack of capacity of the administration are evident from the fact that they didn’t even take Urooj Fatima to any hospital.

According to Daily Pakistan Global, “The 20-year-old Urooj fell sick after a poisonous insect bit her Thursday night according to the fellow students who said they informed the warden about the incident but no one took her to the hospital. They blamed that the deceased was instead administered the wrong medicine.

One of Urooj’s classmates said she was breathing until morning but later died as she was not administered proper medical treatment despite being in a precarious condition.”

The education in Pakistan is one of the most unattended domains, lack of quality, poor infrastructure and absence of all kinds of facilities all have brought it on the verge of devastation. Alongside the rest of shortcomings, unavailability of the medical facility at institutions and hostels has put the parents and students in a perilous condition. In the age of technological advancement, most of the schools in our country can’t even provide first aid facility to the students. Whereas developed nations have devised policies addressing health issues faced by students at institutions during the day and in boarding/hostel during the nights.

Students face diverse health issues at education institutions which include accidents, infections, and acute and chronic diseases.

In the past, a doctor’s role at school was limited to periodic medical inspections, but now the case is altogether different.  In fact, lack of importance of children’s health had reduced the role of a doctor at school and hostel, likewise was the case of adults.

In Pakistan, most of the education institutions consider hiring a doctor both unnecessary and wastage of money. Simultaneously, only a few institutions have doctors in the premises but unfortunately, a majority of these doctors is underqualified, inexperienced and some of these doctors haven’t even completed their degrees. The cause of hiring such doctors is only to save money. In addition, the administration is also successful in attracting new admissions on exorbitant fees. But the consequences of hiring quakes are devastating. These doctors presence poses a great threat to the school environment.

Duties of a doctor at an education institution are of utmost significance. They are the ones who can help provide our kids with a safe learning environment. The basic role of a doctor is to keep a record of every student as it was in the past. Moreover, providing emergency treatment is of great importance since kids are highly vulnerable to epidemics and infections. Alongside, there is always lurking a danger to get injured during play and only a qualified doctor has the ability to diagnose and prescribe.

Fatima Urooj’s life hadn’t been wasted if there was a doctor in the hostel of Post Graduate Degree College. She kept fighting with death but she was ordained to meet her death in absence of any medical facility.

Students’ right to access to the healthcare can never get denied if the state is ready to take concrete steps followed by realistic monitoring mechanism. For instance, State Education waged a campaign to produce ‘happy, healthy and resilient kids’ with great success.

The school doctor neither is a burden nor is the idea of hiring doctors for schools new in the world. And before another Fatima succumbs to injury or gets access to hospital denied by a big-headed administrator, our nation must realize the dire need of placing an in every school, college, university and hostel. Policymakers must make it mandatory for hostels and schools to hire an experienced doctor to make the medical assistance available in time.

The role of national and international donors in providing medical assistance at education institutes and hostels is pivotal, particularly, in a country like Pakistan. The beloved land is facing financial crises now. But the positive aspect is electing a regime that is in power for the first time in the history of the nation. The Prime Minister Imran Khan, after being elected, reinforced his manifesto emphasizing revolutionary changes in the education system of the country.

Our children must be safe while studying and it’s a national obligation to provide our youth with a fair chance to live a prosperous life. The irresponsible behavior of the warden mustn’t be considered an act of an individual because wardens and teachers come across many students pretending to be sick frequently. The crux of the problem is the unavailability of a qualified doctor on the premises. Parents, teachers, civil society and legislators must act at once to rid this widespread absence of medical assistance at education institutes. Otherwise, the repercussions will be grave and unbearable.

Naeem Ahmed Qazi
Naeem Ahmed Qazi

Naeem Ahmed Qazi is committed to helping achieve SDGs through efficient practices for human development. As an educationist by training and social influencer by passion, he has a keen eye for current societal transformation. He ...


KARACHI - Following are the foreign currency exchange rates for US Dollar, Saudi Riyal, UK Pound Sterling, U.A.E. Dirham, European Euro, and other foreign currencies in Pakistan open market on January 27, 2023 (Friday).

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 07:00 AM)

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar ‎USD 264 266
Euro EUR 274 276.7
UK Pound Sterling GBP 311 314
U.A.E Dirham AED 68.7 69.3
Saudi Riyal SAR 66.4 67
Australian Dollar AUD 176 178
Bahrain Dinar BHD 615.68 620.18
Canadian Dollar CAD 186 188
China Yuan CNY 34.12 34.37
Danish Krone DKK 33.83 34.18
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 29.52 29.87
Indian Rupee INR 2.81 2.89
Japanese Yen JPY 2.5 2.54
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 756.69 761.69
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 52.59 53.04
New Zealand Dollar NZD 148.33 149.53
Norwegians Krone NOK 22.43 22.73
Omani Riyal OMR 600.37 604.87
Qatari Riyal ‎QAR 63.5 64
Singapore Dollar SGD 178 179.3
Swedish Korona SEK 21.78 22.08
Swiss Franc CHF 250.23 251.98
Thai Bhat THB 6.98 7.08

KARACHI – The price of a single tola of 24-karat gold in Pakistan is Rs203,900 on Friday. The price of 10 grams of 24k gold was recorded at Rs174,810.

Likewise, 10 grams of 22k gold were being traded for Rs160,241 while a single tola of 22-karat gold was being sold at Rs 186,907.

Note: The gold rate in Pakistan is fluctuating according to the international market so the price is never been fixed. The below rates are provided by local gold markets and Sarafa Markets of different cities.

City Gold Silver
Lahore PKR 203,900 PKR 2,100
Karachi PKR 203,900 PKR 2,100
Islamabad PKR 203,900 PKR 2,100
Peshawar PKR 203,900 PKR 2,100
Quetta PKR 203,900 PKR 2,100
Sialkot PKR 203,900 PKR 2,100
Attock PKR 203,900 PKR 2,100
Gujranwala PKR 203,900 PKR 2,100
Jehlum PKR 203,900 PKR 2,100
Multan PKR 203,900 PKR 2,100
Bahawalpur PKR 203,900 PKR 2,100
Gujrat PKR 203,900 PKR 2,100
Nawabshah PKR 203,900 PKR 2,100
Chakwal PKR 203,900 PKR 2,100
Hyderabad PKR 203,900 PKR 2,100
Nowshehra PKR 203,900 PKR 2,100
Sargodha PKR 203,900 PKR 2,100
Faisalabad PKR 203,900 PKR 2,100
Mirpur PKR 203,900 PKR 2,100


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