World Mental Health day in Aziz Fatimah Medical & Dental College, Faisalabad

The session was organized in connection with World Mental Health Day being observed on Oct 10, 2017 at Aziz Fatimah Medical & Dental College by Department of Medical Education under the kind supervision of worthy Principal Prof. Dr. QaiserMehmood. It was started at 09:00 am with Tilawat by Dr.SajjadGhani, Senior Demonstrator Biochemistry.

Prof Dr. Noor Akbar Sial HOD Medical Education welcomed allthe participants in the session and gave the reason for celebrating world mental health day. According to statistics it is cleared that the Depression will be second major illness by 2020. More than two fifths of the total disabilities are due to mental illnesses. 45% of mental health cases have associated medical conditions – pain heart disease, diabetes, asthma, hypertension cancer, sleep problems. He described that psychiatric illness is stigma in our country and its burden become magnanimous due to shortage ofmental health professionals, insufficient psychiatric beds, inadequate psychiatric services in periphery and no structured training programs for general physicians.

He gave the suggestions, thatPsychiatric department should be present in every hospital.Post of consultant psychiatrist in tehsils and districts should be created alongwith implementation of mental health act, Public awareness programs and training for GPs is required to meet demands of time.

“No Health without Mental Health”

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Assistant Professor Dr Zaidan Idrees - HOD Behavioral Sciences gave an elaborated talk on mental disorders.Depression is the third most common illness after Diabetes and Heart Disease, about 800,000 people commit suicide every year (one suicide every 40 sec), 60% of these patients live in Low and Middle income countries. He explained the relationship of mental illness with physical disorders. He also gave brief view on mental health among medical students. He explored the current resources available in our country for mental health. He told that mental health budget is less than 1% of total health budget. 1 qualified psychiatrist for a population of 100,000, 2 psychiatric beds for a population of 100,000, Psychiatric nurses and social workers are even less. He told about the MENTAL HEALTH GAP ACTION PLANwhich was planned by World Health Organization and its intervention guide which is also available on WHO website.He also gave the figures: “Around 50 million people are suffering from common mental disorders in Pakistan. The illness afflicts 15 to 35 million adults, which is about 10 to 20 per cent of the population.Approximately 20 million children or 10pc of the population in our country need attention from mental health practitioners, unfortunately, there are only 400 trained psychiatrists in the country.”

“Mental Illness is not a choice But Recovery is.”

Prof. Dr. Qaiser Mehmood gave the concluding remarks on Mental Health day.Heappreciated the speakers Dr. ZaidanIdrees, Prof. Dr Noor Akbar Sial and his team for conducting this session and paid thanks to all participants. The session was followed by awareness walk about the mental health in which faculty members and administrative staff participated.

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