LAHORE - Mental Health Federation of Pakistan (MHFP) has organised a reception for Prof Tanvir Ahmad Rana, the first Pakistani serving as a professor in Warwick University UK, says a press release.

President Mental Health Federation Prof IAK Tareen hosted the function, while Prof of Emeritus King Edward University Prof Khalida Tareen, visiting consultant psychiatrist from Manchester UK Dr Maqsood Ahmad and others were also present on the occasion.

Prof Tanvir Ahmad Rana said that mental health problems were increasing in Pakistan due to financial crisis in country. The people preferred death than life because they were suffering in serious depression and anxiety. The crimes and suicides trend is also increasing after credit crunch.

He said government should immediately introduce financial reforms in the country to give relief to the poor people. The senior psychiatrist consultant Dr Maqsood Ahmad said that eradication of corruption is necessary to get rid the financial crisis in the country. He said ruling class should start the anti-corruption campaign from their selves.

The mental problems have become a serious problems in country because people could not afford the treatment. President Mental Federation Health Federation Prof IAK Tareen said that mental and physical disabilities were increasing due to the lack of diagnostic and treatment facilities.

 There were more than 15 percent disabled persons in our society, 40 percent were from suffering physical disabilities, 20 percent each in mental and visual and 10 percent each in hearing and other disabilities in the country, Prof Tareen concluded.