HYDERABAD: The participants of national conference on psychiatry have emphasized the need of focusing more attention towards the treatment of psychiatric diseases which are on rise among the people, particularly children.
There is need of creating awareness among the people to consider the psychiatry hospital as disease treatment centers instead of mental hospital, they said at the inauguration ceremony of three- day 2nd National Conference on “Child Adolescent Mental Health”, here at a hotel on Friday.
The conference has been arranged by the Department of Psychiatry Liaquat University of Medical and Health Sciences (LUMHS) Jamshoro in joint collaboration with Sir Cowasjee Jehangir Institute of Psychiatry, the Pakistan Psychiatric Society and Pakistan Pediatric Association.
Senator Dr. Kareem Khawaja who was the chief guest at the inauguration ceremony informed that first time ever in the history of the country, the Psychiatric Wards will be functional in 300 to 600- bed hospitals which are planned by the government of Sindh to be established in six districts of the province including Kotri, Tando Muhammad Khan and Khairpur Mirs.
The incorporation of psychiatric wards in these hospitals is because of the realization that psychiatric diseases which are on rise should be treated amicably, he added.
Senator Dr. Kareem Khawaja said that parents and teachers can play a major role for controlling the depression among children and adolescent.
He said that the current working environmental conditions disallow the parents to spend maximum time with their children and due to this reason their children are being diverted largely towards video games, mobile phones, indecent movies and websites on computers.
He emphasized upon the parents that if they spare some time for their children they could save their children from psychiatric problems.
He said that parents must create a friendlier atmosphere at home for their children and adolescents and it would generate more confidence among children and they would not feel loneliness as the current environment is driving them to such problems.
He said that teachers could also play an important role to overcome the psychiatry problems if they show a soft attitude for their students.
The current era we are going through is undoubtedly full of multiple and multidimensional turmoil, he said and added that one can see a lot of unsolvable problems around, ranging from corruption to terrorism; from lawlessness to interpersonal conflicts.