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Gambat to be declared the Health City

Gambat to be declared the Health City

Sindh Chief Minister performs groundbreaking of first ever private Neuropsychiatry Hospital in Gadap

Sindh Courier Report

Karachi Sindh

Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah said on Tuesday that he intends to grant Gambat the status of Health City.

“Gambat Institute of Medical Sciences has established a Lung Cancer unit which would be inaugurated shortly. The Gambat Institute has performed over 700 liver transplant procedures free of cost which is a record itself,” he said addressing the groundbreaking ceremony of first of its kind Neuropsychiatric Hospital being established by NGO ‘Children of Adam (CoA) at Gadap, to provide mental health services to patients of all ages, including adolescent psychiatry, adult and geriatric care, and drug and alcohol & substance abuse. Sindh government had provided the ten acre land to the NGO.

Shah said that there was a need for Psychiatric and mental health facilities in Pakistan and in particular Karachi. He added that the lack of trained psychiatrists, psychologists, and counselors to meet the growing demand of the city.

Murad Shah said that his government has made a significant investment in healthcare facilities and established 31 new hospitals with 701 beds and upgraded/expanded infrastructure in 108 existing hospitals with 771 beds for primary healthcare facilities, upgraded/rehabilitated Teaching Hospitals, and District/Taluka Hospitals in the last few years. He said that his government has allocated Rs.23.334 billion for the health sector in the budget 2022-23. Shah said that another Cardio Vascular hospital was being established at Landhi.

Over 15 million people are suffering from some form of mental illness in Pakistan

Talking about mental health initiatives taken by his government, the CM said that the state of mental health awareness and its services in Pakistan remained a big issue. “As per statistics, in Pakistan, over 15 million people are suffering from some form of mental illness, however, only a small percentage of people suffering from mental health conditions are able to seek the proper help they need,” he said.

The CM said that the Sindh Mental Health Act 2013 was introduced and accordingly Sindh Mental Health Authority (SMHA) was established in 2017. The authority has the mandate to deal with all matters relating to the promotion of mental health, setting standards, and prevention of mental disorders. Sindh is a pioneer in Pakistan to legislate for mental health and establish this authority, he said and added Sir Cowasjee Jehangir Institute of Psychiatry (SCJIP) Hyderabad was being upgraded as a university.

CM Sindh - Neuro-Hospital-Sindh CourierEarlier, briefing the chief minister, NGO official Shahzad Sadan said that the objective of the facility is to provide services for Bipolar disorders, Autistic disorders/MR/Pervasive developmental disorders, Schizophrenic disorders, Anxiety, Depression, Electroconvulsive Therapy, and Rehabilitation services.

CoA intends to establish one of the best mental health research hospitals of the country in Karachi at a cost of Rs4 billion. Within the hospital, a center would be established to focus on personalized medicine, brain stimulation, and pediatric and geriatric mental health. This Center will have brain imaging dedicated to studying brain chemistry, structure, function, and behavior in mental illness. The Centre would provide Intervention in brain stimulation treatment using magnetic seizure therapy (MST), electroconvulsive therapy (ECT), and repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS), providing hope for people with treatment-resistant depression.

The CM was told that the CoA was establishing a comprehensive 150-bed inpatient and outpatient hospital to provide the best possible care to its patients.

Provincial Ministers, Dr. Azra Fazal Pechuho, Nasir Shah, Murtaza Wahab, MNA Hakim Baloch, MPAs, special assistant to CM, members of the civil society, office bearers of CoA Mufti Mohammad Farhan, Dr. Syed Tariq Ibrahim, and Syed Wasim Quadri were present.



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