Rawalpindi- A seminar and inter-university skit competition was recently organized by Fatima Jinnah Women University (FJWU) in collaboration with Alzheimer’s Pakistan Rawalpindi Chapter (APRC). The event was based on the theme: ‘Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders’ and the motive was to raise awareness regarding this disease. Multiple universities across Rawalpindi participated in the event.
Dr Iram Gul, the focal person of the event is confident that even its wake, the seminar would go a long way in raising awareness of Alzheimer’s disease and its effect on the quality of life of the caregivers of patients.
FJWU Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Samina Amin Qadir highlighted the role of the university toward many important causes such as, and motivated the students to engage and remain active in such community initiatives.
Speaking on the occasion, the chief guest of the occasion, Punjab Minister for Literacy and Non-formal Education Raja Rashid Hafeez said there was a need to raise awareness among people about Alzheimer’s disease so better healthcare facilities could be provided to the patients.
Prof Dr Mubashar Malik and retired Brig Dr Muwadat Hussain Rana, professors of psychiatry, talked about the disease and the need to address the stigma associated with the disease. They encouraged the students to volunteer their services in raising awareness of Alzheimer’s disease.
Dr. Shamim Zaidi (member PEMRA), Ms. Seema Salahuddin (PTV Director and producer), Maj. (Retd) Main Abdul Basit (Gen. Secretary APRC) were the judges of inter-university skits competition.
At the end, prizes were given to the winning institutes.
Registrar, Fatima Jinnah Women University, Prof Samina Bukhari, in her closing address, thanked the participants of the inter-university skits competition and reiterated that such events should be held in future to persistently raise awareness about Alzheimer’s.