“There are neither good doctors, nor good schools, in the interior,” says Raheela, who has just arrived from Dadu this morning. The young mother cradles her 3-month-old daughter and recounts how she fell ill, growing sicker with each passing day. A nasty wound near the child’s ankle is the spot where the doctor in Maher tried to cannulate the child.
Distressed, Raheela and her husband packed up their three kids and took the next bus to Karachi, a journey that set them back by Rs.3000. “Our relatives told us to take Fatima to this ER. They’ve brought their own children here and they’re happy with the medical treatment.”