2nd National Neuro-Rehabilitation conference commence at DUHS

KARACHI: Vice Chancellor, Dow University of Health Sciences (DUHS), Prof Masood Hameed Khan on Saturday said Dow Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases (DICVD) and Live Donor Liver Transplantation will be made operational soon at DUHS Ojha Campus.

This he announced during the inaugural ceremony of 2nd National Neuro-Rehabilitation Conference held at Arag Auditorium of Dow Medical College. The Institute of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation DUHS hosted the two-day conference with the collaboration of Pakistan Society of Neurology

The theme of event is “Challenging the Challenges in Neuro-Rehab” to cover inspiring innovations in neuro rehabilitation, advancement in basic neurosciences and in clinical practice resulting in societal impact of changing the lives of many neurologically impaired patients to and re-integrate them in a society after under going multidisciplinary rehabilitation management.

Prof Masood Hameed said keeping in view the increasing number of disability in Pakistan, DUHS had also established first civilian Institute of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (IPM&R) in Pakistan in 2007 to provide multidisciplinary rehabilitation services to different disabilities.

Prof Masood Hameed further said that Dow University since its inception had established different departments to provide better healthcare services to ailing humanity and also to develop human resource development for the country. The University would soon embarks its new projects including liver transplant project, production of anti-snake venom, production of anti-rabies, ozone and generative medicine project.

President Pakistan Society of Neurology Prof Wasay said burden of disability challenges in Pakistan said that 1 billion of the world population has some kind of disability out of which 93 m are children. In Pakistan 5.03 million people are disabled. There is need to improve the rehabilitation services through Pakistan.

In Pakistan, most of the population are facing disabilities and this number is increasing due to diseases like diabetes, hypertension pre-mature births poor antenatal, natal, postnatal care, bomb blasts, earth quakes, traffic accident, violence and congenital abnormalities, he added.

Dr Nabeela Soomro said all over the world in developed countries every hospital has Institute of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, even our neighbouring countries have multiple rehabilitation institutes in all medical universities and tertiary care hospitals catering to the multidisciplinary rehabilitation management of disabled sector of the society but in our country this service is young, growing and neglected. IPM&R at DUHS is the first civilian institute in Pakistan offering multidisciplinary services.

She said this conference aims to bring awareness of neuro rehab on one platform to establish better communication in order to enhance rehabilitation services provided to the disabled patients due to neurological disorders like stroke, spinal cord injury, Parkinson and traumatic brain injury, etc.