Karachi: Occupational Therapy is a healthcare profession which provides services to people whose ability of everyday functions is disrupted by some disability, developmental problems, aging process, mental illness, or emotional problems, said Prof. Masood Hameed Khan, Vice Chancellor, DUHS and Dr. Nabeela Soomro, Director, Institute of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation (IPM&R), Dow University of Health Sciences at an Awareness Seminar.
The Seminar was organized by IPM&R on the 27th of October 2014 at Dow University of Health Sciences to mark the “WFOT International Occupational Therapy Day” at the IPM&R, Karachi. The theme of the Seminar was “Achieving Success in everyday life”.
They further said that Occupational Therapy has the potential to contribute significantly to the prevention and management of childhood disability in Pakistan. The goal is to assist an individual in achieving an independent, productive, and satisfying lifestyle. The most commonly treated disabling conditions include stroke, arthritis, amputation, birth defects, mental retardation, head injury, spinal cord injury, depression, learning disabilities, drug alcohol abuse and physical disability. It aims to improve quality of life through skills and challenging activities, including: personal independence, employment, social, recreational/leisure pursuits and interpersonal relationships.
Later on, Adaptive of Occupational Therapy department also donated a corner chair to a deserving child. Special children presented their performance which was much appreciated by the audience. In the end, Prof. Masood Hameed Khan presented gifts to the special children.