World Mental Health Day at JPMC

Speakers discuss management
of Schizophrenia

KARACHI: The Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, JPMC, Karachi organized a meeting on 14th of October 2014 to celebrate the World Mental Health Day. This academic-cum-public awareness program was attended by Doctors, Nurses, Medical and nursing students, Psychologists and other peoples from different perspectives of life. Professor Syed Haroon Ahmed was the chief guest of the event and Professor Hassan Aziz was the guest of honor. Eminent psychiatrists of Karachi also participated and took active part in interactive session with audiences as panel of experts. Among panel of experts were Prof. Munir Hamirani, Prof, Raza-Ur-Rehaman, Dr. Sohail Ahmed, Dr Naeem Sidiqui, Dr Majid Abidi, Dr Ayesha Sarwat, Dr. Aneeta and Dr. Washdev.

The theme of World Mental Health Day, 2014 was “Living with Schizophrenia”, so detailed discussion over the illness was carried out by the senior faculty members of the Dept of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, JPMC. Besides this, other common mental illnesses were also discussed with audiences.

Professor and Head of the department Dr. Muhammad Iqbal Afridi speaking on the occasion highlighted the difficulties that a Schizophrenic sufferer suffers from and the problems a family faces by that patient. He also talked over promotion of mental health and said that mental health is not merely the absence of mental illness but it is a state in which a person realizes his/her full potential and utilizing that potential he deals effectively with daily problems of life and becomes a useful member of society.  Dr. Zafar Haider talked on management of Schizophrenia. He emphasized the importance of Bio-Psycho-Social model and said that Schizophrenia could be managed by Drugs/medicines, family support, social support and occupational/institutional support.

Dr. Chooni Lal mentioned the historical back ground, clinical symptoms and how to diagnose Schizophrenia. He said that the old name of Schizophrenia was Dementia Praecox. In clinical symptoms Dr Lal mentioned that patient presents with delusions, hallucinations and disorganized thinking and behavior. He further said that Schizophrenia is diagnosed according to ICD-10 (international Classification of Diseases- tenth edition) and DSM-5 (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders) criterion.

Professor Syed Haroon Ahmed appreciated the efforts of Professor Dr. Muhammad Iqbal Afridi and said that these types of activities should continue in future.Guest of Honour Professor Hassan Aziz emphasized about the role of media in promotion of mental health and awareness of psychiatric illnesses.

Dr Fawad Suleman highlighted awareness regarding Depressive Disorder and Doctor Fatima regarding Mental Retardation. Skit by Occupational therapy students over Schizophrenia was highly appreciated by audience. This was followed by an interactive session dedicated to late Prof. Dr. Zaki Hassan and Prof. Dr. Musarrat Hussain. Dr. Zafar Haider moderated this interactive QA session with panel of experts.

Earlier Dr. Javed Akbar Dars presented introduction of Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, JPMC and mentioned different facilities provided to patients at the department. (PR)



Prof. Salahuddin Afsar presenting mementoes to Dr. Basheer Haneef, Prof. Feroze Memon,
Dr. Najib Basir, Dr. Zahid Jamal, Dr. Azam Shafqat, Dr. Najma Patel and
Prof. Khalida Soomro at the Cardio Live organized by NICVD at Karachi recently.

Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah presenting a memento to
Prof. Azhar Farooqui at Cardio live organized by NICVD. Also seen
in the picture are Prof. Khan Shah Zaman, Prof. Zafar Ullah Chudhry
and Mr. Iqbal Durrani.


Picture on left shows Prof. Azhar M. A. Farooqui presenting mementoes to Dr. Shaukat Malik,
Major. Gen. Ashur Khan and Dr. Shahbaz Kureshi at the Cardio Live organized by NICVD
at Karachi recently while on right Dr. Shaukat Malik is seen presenting mementoes
to Major Gen. Nuri, Prof. Hayat Malik and Prof Mansoor Ahmad

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