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‘Meagre 30-35 physiatrists for Pakistan’s five million disabled people’
Karachi:January 08:In a country where around five million people are afflicted by physical and mental disabilities, a mere 30 to 35 trained physiatrists are available to cater to their needs.

This was stated by Pakistan Society of Neuro-Rehabilitation (PSNR) President Dr Nabila Soomro at a press conference, on Thursday, held with respect to a two-day conference on neuro-rehabilitation, to start from January 9 at the Dow University of Health Sciences (DUHS). Of the five million, 2.18 or 43 percent of the total disabled people were children, she added.

“Most of the physiatrists available were employed in the armed forces which meant that only five or less physiatrists were available for civilians in entire Pakistan.”

According to Dr Nabila, “Pakistan is perhaps the only country in the world where the gap between trained physiatrists and the disabled population is so huge.” Further elaborating on the issue, she added that given the current state of affairs most of the disabled people, specifically children, neither had access to rehabilitation facilities nor trained, qualified experts who could help them live a normal life.

Owing to these circumstances, the conference was aimed at bringing into discussion the important aspects of rehabilitation and the need to have effective rehabilitation centres in the country. A number of international experts from the United States, United Kingdom, United Arab Emirates and a few other countries would participate in the conference, Dr Nabila informed.

Society of Neurology President Prof Dr Muhammad Wasey while addressing the presser said Pakistan was home to one of the largest population of disabled people, but unfortunately neither adequate number of qualified physicians nor rehabilitation centres were available for them.

Referring to the right to free and compulsory education for each and every child, as protected in the constitution, he said that 1.4 million children with physical or mental disabilities were out of school even though they were of school-going age. The eminent neurologist further added that even larger numbers of Pakistanis were suffering from neurological and physical disorders due to incidents of terrorism and other accidents, while the number of permanently disabled children was also on the rise in the country. Pakistan Stroke Society President Dr Abdul Malik also addressed the press conference.

The conference would be inaugurated by Sindh Health Minister Jam Mehtab Hussain Dahar on Saturday afternoon, the speakers informed.The news.
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