WAM Earthquake Quetta Pakistan
Team comprising of President Pakistan Psychiatric Society (PPS) and Immediate Past President Prof. Riaz Bhatti with eminent psychiatrists Prof. Sharif Chaudhry (Former Principal, Allama Iqbal Medical College, Lahore), Prof. Unaiza Niaz (Co-chair, WPA section on Women’s Mental Health) and Dr. Aftab Asif (Associate Professor, Fatima Jinnah Medical College/Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, Lahore) visited the earthquake area and discussed the various rehab plans for mental health rehab of the earthquake survivors. Prof. Abdul Malik Achakzai, Former President PPS was nominated as anchor person on behalf of PPS to monitor psychiatric services rendered by mental health professionals. It was also decided to involve local teachers, clergymen and media persons for community awareness programmes addressing healthy life styles, hazards of drug addiction and early recognition of psychiatric disorders. In addition, medical officers and psychologists have been deputed to visit site twice a week to collect the data and provide psychiatric treatment services.
In the end, acknowledgment was expressed for the members WPA executive committee and South Asian Forum (International).