Death of Urooj: hostel and campus health facilities

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 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 serves as a development consultant for national and foreign institutions.


Pakistani rupee exchange rate to US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, and Riyal - 27 Feb 2024

Pakistani currency remains largely stable against US dollar in the open market on February 27, 2024 (Tuesday).

US Dollar rate in Pakistan

In the open market, the US dollar was being quoted at 279.4 for buying and 282.3 for selling.

Euro currently stands at 303 for buying and 306 for selling while British Pound rate stands at 351.5 for buying, and 355 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED hovers at 76 whereas the Saudi Riyal saw slight increase, with new rates at 76.7.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 27 Feb 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 279.4 282.3
Euro EUR 303 306
UK Pound Sterling GBP 351.5 355
U.A.E Dirham AED 76 76.7
Saudi Riyal SAR 74.2 75
Australian Dollar AUD 181 183
Bahrain Dinar BHD 742.91 750.91
Canadian Dollar CAD 207 209
China Yuan CNY 38.82 39.22
Danish Krone DKK 40.56 40.96
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.7 36.05
Indian Rupee INR 3.37 3.48
Japanese Yen JPY 2.10 2.18
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 905.46 914.46
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.49 59.09
New Zealand Dollar NZD 173.05 175.05
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.36
Omani Riyal OMR 725.54 733.54
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.74 77.44
Singapore Dollar SGD 207 209
Swedish Korona SEK 27.04 27.34
Swiss Franc CHF 317 319.5
Thai Bhat THB 7.76 7.91


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