MIRPURKHAS - District Council Mirpurkhas Chairman Mir Anwar Ali Khan Talpure has said the purpose to celebrate the world mental health day is to take precautionary steps regarding mentally upset patients and to provide them proper treatment. 

He was speaking as a chief guest at a seminar held here at Civil Hospital on Monday on "Psychological first aid" in connection with the World Mental Health Day.

The event was attended by doctors, para medical staff, journalists, members of district council, workers and office-bearers of PPP. 

Talpure said that brain of the human being ran the whole body, and if the brain got disturbed then the whole body was automatically affected. “A mental patient cannot perform his functions properly,” he added.

He said that it was a big issue, and one should not ignore those facing mental diseases. “Such kinds of seminars should be held for creating awareness among the masses,” he underscored.

He stressed the need for providing proper treatment to the mentally upset people and offered his full cooperation to the doctors and other organisations in this regard. “We should point out mentally upset people for their proper treatment,” he said. 

Dr Lakesh Kumar Khatri, a psychologist, said that there were various causes of mental diseases, including social and economical injustices, poor living standards and others. “Mostly people from 12 to 30 years of age fall prey to mental illnesses,” he disclosed.

He said that not only the mentally upset people should be treated, but they should also be encouraged in the society.

He informed that total 35 million people in the world were afflicted by mental diseases, while in Pakistan 15 to 20 percent people were mentally sick.

“However, unfortunately there are only 500 psychiatrists in the entire country to treat these 15-20 percent patients,” he disclosed. 

Shamim Aara Panhwer, a former MPA, stressed the need for more psychiatrists in the country in order to  cure the mentally upset people. 

Others who also spoke included Dr Asghar Arain, a civil surgeon, District Health Officer Dr Shafiq Memon, Dr Mushtaq Ahmed Khan and Mirpurkhas DIG Javed Alam Otho.