KARACHI: Karwan-e-Hayat (Institute of Mental Health Care) Karachi on Thursday arranged a basant festival on the onset of spring for patients.
Mrs Zubaida Tariq (Zubaida Appa) was the chief guest of the event.
In her speech, Zubaida Tariq lauded the efforts of Karwan in mediating mental illness, and complemented the patients for putting up such a colourful show and stalls.
She also appreciated Karwan’e role in helping mentally ill patients reintegrate in mainstream society. She said that it is a pity that such wonderful work remains hidden from public eye though mental illness is an area of public health that needs most attention.
Riaz Fatima of the Department of Social Welfare, Sindh Government said department was closely working with NGOs and was very impressed with Karwan’s work in providing treatment and rehabilitation services to mentally ill patients in society.
In a short introductory session, Zaheeruddin Babar, CEO Karwan informed about the recent initiatives taken by Karwan, most importantly the Community Outreach Program. Dr Ajmal Kazmi, Senior Consultant Psychiatrist at Karwan explained the role of Karwan in helping patients rehabilitate in society.
He said that Karwan is one of the pioneers in launching the Psych-Rehabilitation program in Pakistan.
Dr Uroosa Talib, Head of Medical Services and Sumera Naqvi, Manager Communications at Karwan, thanked the guests, management, directors, staff and the patients for participating in the program.
Patients and staff of Karwan had decorated the premises with kites and buntings and cooked food items supervised by the staff. A variety of eateries were made by patients including Dahi-Baray, Choley, brownies, Haleem, etc.
After lunch the patients and staff also organized a musical program.