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The increasing loadshedding in Karachi is having adverse effects on almost all walks of life but a major impact is visible in the provision of primary health care services.The population of Karachi has reached about 18 millions. A significant number of people live in less privileged areas and belong to the poor and middle classes. A majority of them go to the clinics of common local GP’s or to small hospitals and medical centres situated in their own residential areas.
They avail basic health care services from these providers (such as general OPD, minor surgeries, lab tests, vaccinations, medications & other usual treatments and common medical procedures including maternity services).
The number of beneficiaries from these health care service providers is very much higher. As compare to big & tertiary care hospitals and government setups. It is relatively quick, easily accessible and costs less. The performance of these clinics and small hospitals has been affected by many social and economic disorders (such as inflation, law and order situation, quackery etc). But the topic of influence of electricity loadshedding on medical services is comparatively new and quite neglected in studies of obstacles in health care. It needs to be studied in detail so solutions to it can be devised.
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Pakistan is currently going through one of the most threatening problems and issues which is the load shedding of Electricity for both domestic and commercial use. This issue has been very devastating for the national economy as the industries have been adversely affected due to this drastic short fall. Currently Pakistan is facing more than 6000 mega watts short fall due to which in the urban areas the load shedding of electricity is being done on a regular schedule of 10-12 hours daily while in the rural areas the situation is even worse as the people living in rural areas the schedule of Load shedding is almost 15-16 hours daily which is just too much and due to this excessive and continuous rising shortfall has made the lives of the people of Pakistan very much problematic. At present Pakistan is producing round about 14,000 mega watts of electricity while the consumption which is ever increasing due to the needs and the high population of the local people has reached 20,000 mega watts so the shortfall of 6000 mega watt is the main and moist crucial reason for this load shedding.
The destructive load shedding which is being done in Pakistan has been frustrating for Pakistani people because it has affected their routine work and the most importantly has affected the businesses which are being processed in the country. Electricity is considered to be one of the most crucial and basic necessity for running any business and industry and its short fall has dented the national economy. Many locals who were running their industries in the state have taken their units out of the country which has significantly reduced the production of the country and the economy which was already very poor has even fallen down to a major extent.
The protest of load shedding has been made all over the country in which various extremist and violent people have even wasted a lot of national property of people and government which has been the threat to the law and order situation of the state. The government on the other hand been poor and very much unrealistic in dealing with the issue and initially they relied on the rental power plants which increased the cost of the electricity and the burden was being made on the shoulders of the local people which were not done. The government has not shown any clear intention of producing and increasing the production on their own my making more production plants active and operative and are still very much focus on importing it which is not the right solution. The federal government of Pakistan has to deal with this issue on high priority basis because this load shedding of electricity is one of most deadly hindrance in between the growth and success of Pakistan.