CITY OF MANGOES CHANGE INTO CITY OF PROBLEMS

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Muhammad Nasir Iqbal,

 

 

MIRPUR khas; Divisional Headquarter Mirpurkhas the most varied city of Sindh has been facing various problems for a long time, such as drinking water, sewerage system, and education system and health and road infrastructure. Here Mirpurkhas municipal committee fails to provide its own services, including sanitation, sewerage, waste, management, and streets, slaughterhouse, and parks, dispensary, lighting and other. In different areas of Mirpurkhas there is lots of garbage and drains get out of the water and gather on the roads, affecting people to face difficulties. Here there is a lack of drinking water from time to time. It is estimated that approximately 6 percent of the total population is deprived of clean water and numerous die due to drinking dirty water, especially in rural areas. Moreover, while many affluent households can afford to buy water tankers and mineral water, this puts a strain on the finances of the average citizen. The search for safe water sources also causes citizens to divert their attention and time, acute shortage of drinking water in different areas of the city such as NaiPara, Hirabad, Jamnadas colony, Mir colony, Ghariabad and others areas. Another important issue of the city is the traffic jams, due to traffic jams on the main roads and adjacent roads creating problems for the areas and motorists besides noise pollution. A number of anti-encroachment drives were launched by the authorities concerned in all areas but the situation never changed in the city. At this time, the major issue of the city is garbage and waste disposal system. A city of gardens and mangoes is now a city of garbage. Most of the roads and streets of different localities of the city are heavily littered with garbage. The major serious issue in the city is health. In this regard, patients in Mirpurkhas are not being provided with proper medical at the Civil Hospital, which is leading to a major health crisis in the area. Even though every year medicines are provided to the hospital according to its quota, patients are only given primary drugs for free, such as disprin and panadol. If they require other medications, they are told to go and buy it from private pharmacies outside the hospital. What happens to the rest of the medicines provided to the hospital is still unresolved. This hospital is divisional headquarters hospital where a number of patients come from surrounding areas and most patients are very poor who cannot afford to buy expensive medicines. On the other hand, there is a huge cleanliness management issue in Civil Hospital. Heaps of garbage are found at places around the facility and this makes it extremely dangerous for patients, as it can become a breeding ground for fatal diseases. After taking notice of the absence of doctors from the hospital, the un-hygienic conditions and the lack of medical facilities, political and social organizations in Mirpurkhas have filed a complaint to the management of the but no response from them.