KARACHI- In light of the International Day of People with Disabilities, an awareness session was organized by the Institute of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (IPM&R) at Arag Auditorium, Dow University of Health Sciences (DUHS).
Vice Chancellor, DUHS, Prof. Dr Saeed Quraishy, Director of IPM&R, Dr Nabila Soomro, Additional Director, Dr Syed Imran Ahmed, alongside parents of children with different disabilities, addressed the audience during the session.
Moreover, the awareness program was attended by the Pro-Vice Chancellor, Dow University, Prof. Khawar Saeed Jamali, Registrar DUHS Prof. Dr Aman ullah Abbasi, Principal Dow Medical College, Prof. Dr Kartar Dawani.
Begum Sharmeen Murad Ali Shah, wife of Chief Minister Sindh was invited as the Chief Guest for the evening.
She expressed her support towards handicapped and differently abled people and applauded them for their effort whilst performing day to day activities, despite their physical state.
Sharmeen Murad urged the concerned authorities and general public to contribute more towards the betterment of differently abled people.
The session began with a practical demonstration of disabled people and children playing sports, presenting an impression of handicapped people that they are not behind, in any way.
Prof. Saeed Quraishy said that the university had been celebrating this day since 2011, aiming to promote the rights and well-being of the people living with disabilities.
The Institute of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation of DUHS cater to the needs of 20, 000 to 25, 000 people with disabilities all over Pakistan.
He urged the Government to establish more institutions, to facilitate multidisciplinary rehabilitation services for the citizens.
Furthermore, he expressed disappointment over the issues faced by differently abled people, due to improper planning of Government and law.
Additional Director, Syed Imran Ahmed expressed his gratitude towards the Chief Guest and the audience.
Speaking at the session, mother of Zaeem, a differently abled child, expressed what she went through since her son got diagnosed with Autism.
She thanked DUHS and IPM&R for spreading awareness and providing rehabilitation services for such people.