ISLAMABAD, January 18: A Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) report on Wednesday said some maternity services were found lacking in Basic Health Units (BHUs) observed in December 2011. FAFEN Governance Monitors visited 133 BHUs in 87 districts nationwide- 65 in 34 districts in Punjab, 28 in 21 districts in KP, 24 in 16 districts in Sindh, 13 in as many districts in Balochistan and three in as many agencies in FATA.
A report based on the monitoring of 80 Rural Health Centres (RHCs) across Pakistan in November 2011. ISLAMABAD, DEC 26: A Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) report on Monday said specialized services like labour and eye rooms as well as equipment were found lacking in some of the 80 Rural Health Centres (RHCs) monitored in November.
ISLAMABAD, Dec 14: A Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) report on Wednesday said basic medical equipment and free medicines were not available in 145 dispensaries visited nationwide in October this year. The report said items indispensable for protection from germs and transmission of communicable diseases like sterilizers and syringe cutters were not available, nor were free medicines prescribed by doctors.
ISLAMABAD, November 18: A Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) monitoring report on Friday said several cases of overstaffing for administrative, support staff and other positions were observed in 55 District Headquarter Hospitals (DHQs) across Pakistan in September this year.
ISLAMABAD, Nov 3: Forty-six Tehsil Headquarter Hospitals (THQs) monitored in 34 districts nationwide in August 2011 were found to be lacking basic medical services, according to a report released by Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) on Wednesday. It said more than half – 57% - of them did not have pathology departments while 40% of the monitored THQs lacked pediatrics and 38% were without gynecology and obstetrics departments.
Compared to September, the prices of as many as 26 commodities decreased and those of 19 went up while six commodities saw no change in October 2011. On average, the prices of commodities like wheat, fruits, chicken, some pulses, medical tests and kitchen fuel decreased by 5.4% while those of yoghurt, eggs, chapatti, beef, some pulses and rice varieties etc. increased by 8%. FAFEN collected the prices of 52 commodities from 170 retail outlets in 85 districts across the country.
An overwhelming majority of patients visiting Basic Health Units (BHUs) monitored by FAFEN during July 2011, complained regarding availability of free of cost prescribed medicines (prescription drugs) at in-house pharmacies. In comparison with FAFEN's monitoring reports on BHUs since April 2010, the availability and issuance of free of cost medicines has improved by at least five percentage points. However, the huge number of patients' complaints in July 2011 suggests that despite the improvement, patients' needs for medicines are not adequately met at these primary healthcare facilities.
ISLAMABAD, July 3, 2011: Government needs to invest more in the state-run dispensaries, the first unit in the healthcare infrastructure, to enable them to effectively cope with the basic medical needs of the people. Investment in medicine supply, services, equipment and infrastructure is seriously warranted since government dispensaries observed by FAFEN in May 2011 showed a worrying lack of capacity to provide safe treatment to patients, according to the FAFEN Health Institution Monitor, released here on Sunday.