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World Mental Health Day: Health Minister Dr Yasmeen Attends Multiple Activities

The minister also addresses ceremony in connection with the convocation of King Edward Medical University

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LAHORE– Punjab Minister for Health Dr Yasmeen Rashid attended a ceremony and an awareness walk held in connection with World Mental Health Day at the Punjab Institute of Mental Health on Thursday.

Principal Services Institute of Medical Sciences Prof Mehmood Ayyaz, Executive Director Institute of Mental Health Lahore Dr Mudassar, Dr Shahid Raza, faculty members and a large number of students were present on this occasion.

Provincial Minister visited various stalls set up by the students to highlight the importance of mental health day on this occasion.

Addressing the participants, Dr Yasmeen Rashid said that purpose to observe World Mental Health Day is to ensure looking after of mental health patients. She said that life is the trust of Allah Almighty and mental stress often leads to different diseases.

Depression is root cause of mental disease, she added. She said that trend of suicide is highly deplorable in the world especially in Pakistan. Provincial Minister directed the Principal SIMS to launch a helpline to facilitate the family members of mental health patients within a week.

She said that all complaints received through this helpline would be solved.

She further said that patients are being sufficiently looked after in the institute of mental health. According to the vision of Prime Minister Imran Khan and Chief Minister Usman Buzdar, healthcare facilities are being provided to the people of Punjab. She said that patients of mental health deserve special attention.

Principal Services Institute of Medical Sciences Prof. Mehmood Ayyaz thanked the Provincial Minister for attending the ceremony. Executive Director Institute of Mental Health Dr. Mudassar threw light on the importance of mental health day. Later, Provincial Health Minister also inflamed a candle.

Participation in KEMC convocation

Provincial Minister for Health Dr Yasmeen Rashid today especially participated in the convocation of King Edward Medical University.
Governor Punjab Ch. Muhammad Sarwar was the Chief Guest of the ceremony. VC King Edward Medical University Prof. Dr. Khalid Masood Gondal, Prof. Dr. Ayesha Shukat, Prof. Dr. Asad Aslam Khan, Prof. Dr. Mahmood Ayaz, faculty members, students and their parents were also present in the ceremony. Governor Punjab Ch. M. Sarwar while addressing the ceremony congratulated the position holder students and announce to award cash prize of Rs. One lakh each.
Provincial Minister for Health Dr Yasmeen Rashid while addressing the ceremony said that today the passing out students are going to start their practical life.
She said that good doctors always utilized all his/her energy for providing best treatment to the patients. She said that doctor can only work hard but only Allah Almighty heals.
She said that only those who work hard has been appreciated by the world. She expressed hope that newly passed out doctors will become a reason to glorify the name of Pakistan. VC King Edward Medical University Prof Dr Khalid Masood Gondal thanked the Governor Punjab Ch. M. Sarwar and Minister Health Dr. Yasmeen Rashid.— PRESS HANDOUT