Impact of poverty on health in Pakistan
Poverty is the major problem in Pakistan, it has been increasing in Pakistan since 1990s. According to CIA(Central Intelligence Agency,2010) Pakistan is the 49th poorest country of the world, with total GDP 4.2% and total population rate 184,404,791. Basically poverty is when a person is not able to afford the basic necessities of life such as nutrition, education, health, clothing, shelter etc. The main causes of poverty are government policies, lack of education, corruption, unbalanced economic system, injustice and many others. There are many affects of poverty but here we will focus on how poverty affects on health, which causes a number of communicable and non-communicable diseases.
Pakistan is fully filled with poor and hungry people who don’t have even a single bread to eat, clean drinking water and health care system. The government of Pakistan should reduce poverty because it has a vast affect on health, such as serious diseases and sometimes death. The purpose of this paper is to look how poverty affects our health, as an individual and as society.
In earlier times our country’s economic conditions were good, people used to earn through agriculture yield to fulfill their needs, as the time passed the population grew and the agriculture system became insufficient, there were more population and less resources. Poverty increased day by day and even today we are facing economic problems in our country. The basic needs of poor people of our country are clean water for drinking, food, clothing and shelter. Peter blood(1994) stated in a article that most common death take place in rural areas of Pakistan is due to diseases like malaria, malnutrition, tuberculosis, measles, gastroenteritis and these occurs due to unhygienic conditions, lack of nutrition and unsanitary water for drinking.
Poor people due to less income cannot afford ventilated houses and big houses, more than one family live in a single house,...