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 PPS honours some of its distinguished
members with Award, Medals

FAISALABAD: Pakistan Psychiatrists Society during its 20th National Psychiatric Conference honoured some of its distinguished members in recognition of their meritorious services to promote mental healthcare and discipline of psychiatry. 

Prof. Malik H. Mubbashar former Vice Chancellor of University of Health Sciences was presented with a Life Time Achievement Award who introduced behavioural sciences as a mandatory subject in the undergraduate curriculum in Punjab. He also served as Prof. and Head of the Dept. of Psychiatry at Rawalpindi General Hospital affiliated with Rawalpindi Medical College.
Prof. Saeed Farooq from Lady Reading Hospital Peshawar was honoured and presented a Medal in recognition of his services and research publications. He and his team have been successfully publishing the Journal of Pakistan Psychiatric Society now for the many years.
Prof. Farid Aslam Minhas from Institute of Psychiatry, Rawalpindi is the present Director of WHO Collaborating Center at Institute of Psychiatry at Rawalpindi was also presented a medal. He has special interest in research and was involved in training of postgraduates in psychiatry.
The next recipient of Medal was Dr. Saad Bashir Malik a well known psychiatrist who is known for practicing and promoting ethical psychiatric practice. At present he is head of the department of Psychiatry at Allama Iqbal Medical College/Jinnah Hospital Lahore. He was termed as the most refined, polished, sophisticated and adorable psychiatrist in Pakistan. He remained Convener of CPSP exams for many years and has keen interest in educating public about psychiatric disorders.

JPMC Golden Jubilee Symposium
from March 23-29th 2014

KARACHI: Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Center Karachi will organize its Golden Jubilee symposium from 23rd to 29th March 2014. Symposia will be preceded by Workshops to be conducted in different departments. Prof. Shereen Zulfiqar Bhutta and Prof. Muhammad Iqbal Afridi are chairperson and Secretary of the organizing committee respectively.

Workload at PIC Lahore
and CPIC Multan

LAHORE: During the Year 2013 over two thousand open heart surgeries were performed at Punjab Institute of Cardiology Lahore. There is a long waiting list of patients due to shortage of cardiac surgeons for which the government has been asked to appoint more cardiac surgeons. 

During the same period sixteen thousand angiographies, thirty one thousand echocardiographies, five thousand ETT, six thousand Nuclear medicine tests, two thousand CT angiographies were performed. About two lac patients visit the PIC Out Patients Department annually .Allocation for purchase of medicine in 2012-2013 was Rs. 525 Million which has been increased to 570 Million this year. About 90% of patients get free treatment while the remaining 10% are paying patients. The institution has allowed institutional practice to its staff which does private practice in the evening.
According to another report during the Year 2013 60,636 patients visited the OPD in CPIC Multan while 73,485 visited in the emergency. The hospital performed 642 CABG surgeries, 253 Atrial Septal Defect (ASD) and Ventricular Septal Defect (VSD) procedures besides 978 Valve replacement surgeries during 2013.

More evidence that Childhood
Trauma can lead to Psychosis

A review of 125 research studies in the last ten years strongly supports the hypothesis that early trauma in childhood (including abuse and neglect) can effect brain development in ways that increase the probability of developing psychosis later in life.
Anomalies in the brains of people diagnosed with mental health problems such as ‘schizophrenia’ have traditionally been used to support the notion that such problems are biologically based brain disorders that have little to do with life events.
However, the review, published in the February edition of Neuropsychiatry, a bimonthly peer-reviewed journal from Future Medicine, reinforces the ‘traumagenic neurodevelopmental’ model of psychosis, which suggests that those differences can be caused by adverse life events, especially those occurring in early childhood. For example, the maladaptive stress regulation mechanisms in the brain that are related to over-sensitivity to stressors are also found in the brains of traumatised young children.
The review, conducted by researchers from the UK, Denmark, Norway and the USA, concludes: “People experiencing psychosis should be offered evidence based psychological therapies designed to address the social causes of their difficulties. The fact that the psychological sequelae to childhood abuse, neglect and loss have biological concomitants does not imply that the biological changes are indicative of a brain disease that has little or no basis in life history and that requires exclusively or predominantly medication. Neither does it imply that the brain changes are irreversible. Indeed, recent studies suggest that psychotherapy can enhance the ability of the HPA axis to respond to stress, in both children and adults …The primary prevention implications are profound. Protection and nurturance of the developing brain in young children would seem to be of paramount importance.”Professor John Read (Liverpool Psychosis Research Group, University of Liverpool, UK):
“We hope that this vast body of literature will encourage more mental health staff to take more of an interest in the lives of the people they are trying to help, rather than viewing hearing voices and having unusual beliefs as mere symptoms of an ‘illness’ that need to be suppressed with medication.”
The full article is available free at
Read J, Fosse R, Moskowitz A, Perry B. The traumagenic neurodevelopmental model of psychosis revisited. Neuropsychiatry, 4(1), 65-79 (2014).

Communication Skills seminar
for nurses at PMC

FAISALABAD: The organizers of the 20th National Psychiatric Conference of Pakistan Psychiatric Society organized a seminar on communication skills for the nurses on January 17th 2014 at the seminar hall of Punjab Medical College, Faisalabad. Prof. Muhammad Ali Tirmizi acting Principal of PMC was the chief guest on this occasion.

Nursing profession is usually neglected despite the fact that they are important members of the healthcare team and play a vital role in not only management but prevention and provision of informational care to the patients. This seminar was specifically designed for this purpose which was very well attended by nurses and nursing teachers. The programme covered areas like breaking bad news, informational care, counseling and catharsis, handling psychotropic and conflict resolution. The speakers included Prof. Imtiaz Ahmad Dogar, Dr. Asif Zia Bajwa, Dr. Naim Siddiqui, Dr. Irum Siddiqui and Ms. Samreen Afzal. This was an interactive session and the speakers answered to the questions asked by the participants. Prof. Muhammad Ali Tirmizi also threw light on the importance of communication skills and added further suggestions in the light of Quran and Sunnah. The guest of honour Prof. Dr. Hafiz Imtiaz and Prof. Ijaz Hussain Shah appreciated the importance of communication skills for the nurses in managing the patients.

Psychiatrists clear concepts about mental
diseases at public awareness session

FAISALABAD: Proceedings of the 20th National Psychiatric Conference of PPS held here recently started with a Public Awareness Session in the evening of January 17th 2014. This session was chaired by Prof.Saad Bashir Malik an eminent psychiatrist from Lahore and the other panelists included Prof.Aftab Asif, Prof. M.Sultan, Prof. Khalid Mufti, Prof. Nasir Sayeed Khan, Dr.Muhammad Ahmer and Dr. Ali Zulqernain. To begin with final year medical students of PMC performed a dramatic skit on mental health and behavioural disturbances in children due to family problems. This session was facilitated by Dr. Ijaz Anwar and Dr. Asif Zia Bajwa.

This session was very well attended by public and some patients suffering from mental disorders. During the deliberations the public as well as general physicians cleared their concept about psychiatric illnesses by asking questions from psychiatrists. Most common questions asked related to depression and other psychiatric disorders, their prevalence, causes, treatment modalities available, preventive aspects besides their physical and social aspects on life. The session ended with a lucky draw wherein the organizers presented prizes to twenty participants.

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