Yesterday the world celebrated the mental day. Unfortunately, around 50 million people in Pakistan have various psychological problems due to numerous factors like poverty, insecurity, destitution, social maladies, diseases, and terrorism etc. Contrarily, according to WHO Pakistan has only 320 psychiatrists and only five mental hospitals.

Furthermore, psychological disturb people also face stigmatisation and alienation, which further adds insult to injury. Nevertheless, the government spends only 0.42 percent of its budget on the health according to the Pakistan Economic Survey, 2016-17. It is high time for the government to dish out funds to improve health indicators. Further, stigmatisation of the psychologically disturbed must end. For this, media should play the crucial role in creating awareness.

MUHAMMAD WAJID MUNIR,

Islamabad, October 10.