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 2nd National Neuro-Rehabilitation Conference at DUHS

Neuro disabilities are increasing due to
DM, Hypertension, violence and 
congenital abnormalities

Pre-mature births, poor antenatal, natal, postnatal care,
bomb blasts, earth quakes, RTAs the other
important causes-Prof. Wasay

KARACHI: Institute of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, DUHS hosted 2nd National Neuro Rehabilitation Conferenceheld from 9th & 10th January 2016 with the collaboration of Pakistan Society of Neurorehab. The theme of the conference was 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 undergoing multidisciplinary rehabilitation management.

Speaking at the occasion Prof. Masood Hameed Khan  said that Dow University since its inception has 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 and generative medicine project.

Continuing Prof. Masood Hameed Khan said that Dow University of Health Sciences (DUHS) would soon inaugurate Dow Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases (DICVD) and start Live Donor Liver Transplantation at Ojha Campus in the month of February 2016. Keeping in view the increasing number of disability in Pakistan, DUHS has also established first civilian Institute of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (IPM&R) in Pakistan in 2007 to provide multidisciplinary rehabilitation services to different.

Prof. M. Wasay, President Pakistan Society of Neurology speaking on the Burden of disability challenges in Pakistan said that one billion of the world population have some kind of disability out of which 93 million are children. In Pakistan 5.03 million people are disabled. There is need to improve the rehabilitation services in the country. 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.

Dr. Nabila Soomro, Director, IPM&R in her speech pointed out that all over the world in developed countries every hospital has Institute of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, even our neighboring countries have multiple rehabilitation institutes in all medical universities and tertiary care hospitals. They are catering to the multidisciplinary rehabilitation managementneeds of disabled persons in the society. However, in Pakistan, rehabilitation services are still in its infancy and now growing as it was neglected in the past.  IPM&R at DUHS is the first such rehabilitation facility in the civilian institute offering multidisciplinary services.

The Rehabilitation 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., she added.

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