Pakistan needs 9000 psychiatrists: mental health experts

Bureau Report

SWAT: The participants of National Psychiatry Conference held at Saidu Medical College (SMC), Swat on Monday emphasized upon the young doctors to come to the field of psychiatry as Pakistan needs 9,000 psychiatrists due to the increasing number of psychiatric patients in the country.

The speakers including renowned psychiatrists and psychologists from all over the country said that there were only 500 psychiatrists in Pakistan who were overburdened.

Secretary Health, Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Mohammed Yahya Akhunzada was the chief guest on the occasion while Prof Dr Iqbal Afridi, President, Pakistan Psychiatric Society and Head of Department, Jinnah Postgraduate Medical College (JPMC), Karachi, Prof Dr Rozina, Chairperson, Psychology Department, JPMC, Prof Dr Israr-ul-Haq, Principal, Saidu Medical College and CEO Saidu Group of Teaching Hospital (SGTH) and Dr Imran Khan, President, Pakistan Psychiatric Society Khyber Pakhtunkhwa chapter were also present.

The speakers read out their research papers in the conference and highlighted the causes of psychiatric diseases in the terror-hit zone of Malakand division, especially Swat as well as resented valuable suggestions and recommendations to overcome them effectively. They also highlighted how one can keep himself healthy by following the teachings of Islam.

Secretary Health congratulated the Pakistan Psychiatric Society and Saidu Medical College on jointly holding such important conference. He announced to vigorously work on improving the Mental Health Act and fountain house in KP as pinpointed in the conference.

Prof Dr Israr-ul-Haq, Principal SMC and CEO Saidu Group of Teaching Hospital (SGTH) thanked the participants of the event and said that the conference would prove a milestone and would greatly contribute in creating awareness about the importance of mental health among the doctors community, medical students and general masses of the Malakand division.  

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