HYDERABAD, Dec 17,2022- Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah taking a historic decision has announced to upgrade Sir Cowasjee Jahangir Institute of Psychiatry and Behavioural Sciences to the level of a full-fledged university.
“This would be the first ever university of Psychiatry & Behavioural Science in Asia and the institute being the 150-year-old institute deserves to be a university located in the heart of the province, Hyderabad.”
This he said while speaking at the inaugural ceremony of OPD Complex and Female Ward at Sir Cowasji Jahangir Institute of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. The programme was organized by Chairman Sindh mental Authority Dr. Karim Khwaja. Minister University & Boards Ismail Rahu, Minister irrigation Jam Khan Shoro, MPAs Dr. Sohran Sarki, Jabbar Khan, and others.
Mr. Shah said that his father, then chief minister Syed Abdullah Shah had visited this institute in 1994 and had inaugurated a ward. “Following the footprints of my father, I have come here on the invitation of Dr. Karim to inaugurate New OPD Block and New female Ward.
Mr. Shah said that Mental health was a state of mental well-being that enabled people to cope with the stresses of life. “Only a person with good mental health can play a positive role in Community and Nation,” he said and added Mental health was more than the absence of mental disorders and it existed on a complex continuum, which was experienced differently by one person to the next, with varying degrees of difficulty and distress and potentially very different social and clinical outcomes.
The CM said that the mental health conditions include mental disorders and psychosocial disabilities as well as other mental states associated with significant distress, impairment in functioning, and risk of self-harm or risk to others. Mental Health is as necessary as the rest of the Body, infecting more.
Mr Shah said: “the exposure to unfavorable social, economic, geopolitical, and environmental circumstances – including poverty, violence, inequality, and environmental deprivation – also increases people’s risk of experiencing mental health conditions. He added mental health risks and protective factors could be found in society at different scales.
The CM said that local threats heighten the risk for individuals, families, and communities. “Global threats heighten the risk for whole populations which is economic problems, disease outbreaks, humanitarian emergencies, like floods, and forced displacement due to the growing climate crisis,” he said added every single risk and protective factor has only limited predictive strength.
He said that most people do not develop a mental health condition despite exposure to a risk factor and many people with no known risk factor still develop a mental health condition. Nonetheless, the interacting determinants of mental health services enhance or undermine mental health.
The chief minister with pride announced to upgrade of the Institute to the level of a state-of-art university.
He directed his Minister for U&B Ismail Rahu to get its legal formalities completed so that its charter could be passed by the assembly. “Meanwhile, work would be started,” he declared.