LAHORE - Chief Minister Punjab, Shahbaz Sharif has approved establishment of Institute of Neuro Sciences at Lahore General Hospital. It would be a 500-bedded hospital where state of the art research and treatment facilities would be available at a cost of Rs3.5 billion. This was disclosed by the Principal, Post Graduate Medical Institute, Prof Dr Nazeer Ahmad while addressing inaugural ceremony of academic session of 2009-2010 at the PGMI Auditorium here on Thursday. He informed that more than 300 doctors from all over the country including Pakistan Occupied Kashmir, Gilgit-Biltistan as well as from foreign countries like Iran, Afghanistan, Somalia, Sri Lanka, Jordan have got admission in diploma and degree classes in more than 60 different disciplines of medical sciences which was a proof of confidence on the international standard of education in the institution. He said PGMI not only catering to the needs of specialist doctors in the DHQs and THQs hospitals, but also providing medical teachers to the government as well as private medical colleges. Prof Nazeer further said that the present government is paying a special attention on the up-gradation of medical education besides providing best treatment facilities in the hospitals. He urged upon the student doctors of PGMI to work hard and get education with full devotion and professional dedication and with the spirit of humanitarian services. Former Principal KEMU, Prof Dr Bashir Ahmad who is the pioneer project director of PGMI in 1974 also addressed the inaugural ceremony and appreciated the achievements of PGMI. A large number of faculty members, doctors besides, EDO (H) Dr Fayyaz Ranjha, MS Mayo Hospital Dr Zahid Pervez and the student doctors attended the function. Mental health week Punjab Institute of Mental Health is observing 'Mental Health Week from October 1 to October 10 in connection with the World Mental Health Day. The purpose of observing the week is to create awareness of mental health and its problems among the masses for the rehabilitation of the mentally ailed persons. Different colourful events have been arranged for the mentally retarded and other patients suffering from mental diseases. These functions include artwork, workshop on community mental health and health promotion. Quiz programmes have also been arranged by college students, besides family carnivals, academic sessions, stage dramas and a mental health walk. Civil society members, politicians, government officials and others have been invited to take part in the walk which aims at making the people aware of the need to rehabilitate the mentally suffering people. A torchbearers procession would march from PIMHL to Liberty Market at the end of the week.