According to Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PMDC) statistics as quoted in the Statistical Pocket Book 2017, over a period of 9 years, despite annual growths in the number of medical personnel, doctor patient ratio remains alarmingly low in Punjab.
The number of registered MBBS doctors in Punjab has increased from 50,302 in 2006 to 62,839 in 2015, a rise of 25% in 9 years with an annual rise of 2.7%. Meanwhile, the number of BDS doctors has depicted a growth of 13.3% annually and risen from 2,888 to 6,359 in 9 years.
Big Data Analytics Series:
This press release is part of Gallup Pakistan’s Big Data Analytics Project which aims to bring to public attention, piece by piece, the vast wealth of data produced in Pakistan but seldom used and more often than not buried in deluge of other forms of documentation and reports. In this data analytics exercise, we intend to look at all aspects of life including health, social issues, economy, trade etc. Various data sets varying in terms of producers (government, private sector) and origins (some are surveys; others are supply side transactional data) would be analysed under this initiative. The aim remains, as is the case with other Gallup and Gilani Research Foundation endeavors, a more empirical, fact and evidence based understanding of public interest issues.