We invariably harp the same string that the local bodies of government in Pakistan are modelled on the British pattern. In their composition and function, they differ immensely from each other on a local level. 

The British local government has mounted the pinnacle of prosperity. It has successfully embellished and ameliorated conservative policies. For instance, the health services organized by the local authorities in England are far superior to those existing in our country. Our local bodies are far behind their British counterparts in providing maternity and child welfare services. 

The Pakistani government doesn’t pay attention to education in slums. As per article 25A, of the 1973 constitution of Pakistan, education is the basic right of people. Needless to say, approximately 22 million children are out of school due to skyrocketing poverty and soaring inflation. Ironically, this number of students may surge to an alarming level. Further, the local government of the country is also dysfunctional in paying attention to unhealthy slums. 

Currently, Pakistan is going through a gruesome and inimical situation. Flood has triggered havoc across the country. At this critical juncture, the health of the people is at stake and the government is in profound slumber. It is time for the local government to administer the best possible treatment to the unhealthy people who are bearing precarious and fatal diseases like chill, cough and dengue fever. 

The local authorities of Pakistan must work properly in order to prevent health crisis and academic crisis. Provincial government with the help of the central government must pay attention to matters of public health, sanitation, medical relief, education and housing.

NASRULLAH KHADIM,

Sindh.