APP14-08 RAWALPINDI: September 08 - Senator Azam Khan Swati addressing during 10th national conference on Depression 2018 with conjoint session of 2nd national conference on Social Psychiatry. APP photo by Saeed-ul-Mulk

RAWALPINDI, Sep 08 (APP):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
Earlier Professor Mazhar Malik, Professor Rizwan Taj ,Professor Muhammad
Raiz Bhatti,Colonel (Retd)Habib and others health experts also spoke on the occasion.