LAHORE – Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital and Research Centre arranged monthly CME (continuing medical education) lecture on the topic “Attention-deficit/Hyperactivity disorder: an under recognized disease in children” for general medical practitioners on Friday.

Dr Shahryar Jovinda, who is a consultant psychiatrist at SKMH&RC, said that ADHD (attention-deficit/Hyperactivity disorder) was a common as well as an under recognized disease in children and was characterized by a number of core features including inattention, impulsivity and hyperactivity. He further identified the symptoms of ADHD terming lack of focus, forgetfulness, distraction, avoiding attention, restlessness, talking excessively, not thinking before doing some thing amongst others. If unrecognized and untreated, it could lead to poor grades in school, unsatisfactory performance in jobs and drug addiction, he added. He also explained the causes and consequences and management of ADHD.

It is vital to identify and manage children with this disorder, so that, their talent could be utilized for the betterment of the community and the country, he said.

SKMCH & RC is the only hospital in the region to be fully accredited by American Academy of Continuing Medical Education (AACME) to organize CME for healthcare professionals.

A large number of family practitioners, internists, post graduate trainees in medicine and medical students doing clinical rotation attended this “free for all” interactive session.