KARACHI - Keeping in view the growing burden of arthritis, bone and joints diseases, Dow University of Health Sciences (DUHS) has decided to establish a new department tilted ‘Rheumatoid Arthritis’ at Institute of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (IPM&R) in the start of next year.

This was announced by Director Finance, Dow University of Health Sciences (DUHS), while speaking as chief guest during a seminar at Arag Auditorium of DUHS.

The seminar was arranged by IPMNR marking the World Occupational Therapy Day. Additional Director (IPM&R) Dr Syed Imran Ahmed, Farzana  Ashfaq  and others also addressed the seminar.

Nadeem Shakoor said the department would not only treat patients but also teach them to change their life styles. Additionally, special training will be given to students for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis patients.

He said that the vision of DUHS’s Vice Chancellor was to spend all financial resources for health and education facilities by neglecting all unnecessary expenditures. Shahida Zakir Khan was given tribute for training services of occupational therapy in Pakistan.

Earlier, the Institute of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation’s senior lecturer Farzana Ashfaq, on the completion of 10-years of establishment of institute, highlighted the successful targets achieved and said that from its establishment in 2007 till today, the institute had crossed a new milestone every year.

She said that in the beginning, its OPD consisted of only 10 patients which had reached 150 patients. She said: “This institute is the first ever civil institute which is serving occupational therapy, and in this institute, patients not only from interior Sindh but also from KP come for treatment.”

She said that individuals suffering from any physical disability due to paralysis, road traffic accidents and terrorism are provided services here.