A KAP STUDY ON PARAMEDICS INSECURITY - QILLA ABDULLAH BALUCHISTAN
Objective: To determine cognitive impact of insecurity on first lineparamedics in Chaman, Qilla Abdullah Baluchistan health care facilities.
Methods: This is a KAP study conducted among public and private sectorfirst line paramedics, senior security officers, medical consultants andemployees of law enforcement agencies. Cognitive impact of insecuritywas calculated with the help of Questionnaire consists of 10 statementswith a Cronbach Alpha reliability. Basic data was gathered on 5 pointLikert scale however, for final assessment, options of ‘Strongly Agree andAgree’ were merged together while options of ‘Disagree and StronglyDisagree’ were merged for a clear picture of the opinion of therespondents.
Results: In this study 56 personnel participated, out of which 48 (85.7%)were males. Physical and human insecurity were classified as major typesof insecurity (76.2%). Major sources identified were cross borderterrorist/militant attacks, violent extremism incidents, sub-standardmedical facilities/infrastructure, degraded socio-economic facilities andlack of awareness. Severe psychological and behavioural disorders wasobserved at various stages and groups both in Public and private sectorsfirst line paramedics.
Conclusion: Pakistan is facing diverse security challenges. It hasimpacted all the segments of our society. First line paramedics are considered as essential services and actively involved in supporting warwounded/terrorism hit patients at western borders. Due to poor securityconditions and lack of facilities these medical operators are facing varioussecurity issues affecting their psychological behavior.