The Federal government is considering a proposal to set up a state of the Art Institute for mentally retarded persons as the number of psychiatric patients have witnessed a sharp increase during the last years ,said Senator Muhammad Azam Khan Sawati here Saturday. He was speaking at the “10th National Conference on Depression” as a Chief Guest organized by the Department of Psychiatry, Rawal Institute of Health Sciences(RIHS) at a local hotel.
Azam said that the federal government in consultation with Ministry of Health and Medical Associations would form a policy for the treatment of mentally disordered people. He said that to help out mentally and physical retarded people is essential for a healthy society and motivation and devotion of psychologists rendering humanitarian services must be appreciated. The Senator stressed for the need to include causes, symptoms and consequences of depressive disorder in the syllabus of medical education. Chairman RIHS Dr Haqan Waheed Khawaja while speaking on the occasion said the factors responsible for the increasing number of mentally disorder patients are power shortages, non-availability of potable water, unemployment, traffic jams, intolerance, insecurity, and law and order situation in our society. He said that in the way that as our channels broadcast breaking news also increases depression,” We need to adopt more realistic and optimistic approach to bring out a real change and ease in our society”, he added. He proposed that the federal and provincial governments should take all stakeholders on board in mental health promotion, prevention, care and rehabilitation programmes.
Earlier Professor Mazhar Malik, Professor Rizwan Taj, Professor Muhammad Raiz Bhatti, Colonel (Retd) Habib and others health experts also spoke on the occasion.—APP