Pakistan Army Medical Corps have remained committed to provide latest healthcare facilities to the under privileged peoples of tribal areas at their doorsteps by establishing free medical camps for people of in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) on regular basis, said a Pakistani military press release Monday.
According to socio-economic indicators of FATA, one doctor is available for 5,700 people and the population per hospital bed is over 2,000. This clearly indicates deficiency in basic health infrastructure in tribal agencies.
Since 2001, according to the press release, 330 free medical camps have been established by the Pakistan Army Medical Corps in FATA where 469,351 patients, which include 198,856 male, 90,734 female, and 179,761 children who have been provided healthcare facilities by the doctors of Army Medical Corps.
In addition, 794 eye surgeries have also been carried out by the eye specialists in these medical camps. Lady doctors of Army Medical Corps are specially detailed to examine female patients in these medical camps, the press release said, adding that medicines over 40 million rupees (one U.S. dollar is about 60 rupees) have so far been given to the patients free of charge in these medical camps.
As part of Defense Day celebrations, a number of medical camps were specially established by Army Medical Corps in FATA from Sept. 6 to 8 and free treatment was provided to a large number of patients, the press release said.