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Experts concerned over faulty criteria to counter disabilities

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KARACHI: Medical experts on Wednesday have expressed their concerns over the superficial criteria in Pakistan to counter disabilities and urged physical therapists to raise awareness about people suffering from invisible disabilities.

Fatigue, dizziness and mental illnesses are parts of invisible disabilities, which can damage the functionality of people.

To generate awareness about the crucial contribution of physiotherapists and their efforts in making people independent, the Department of Continuing Medical Education (CME), Jinnah Sindh Medical University (JSMU), in collaboration with the Institute of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation (IPTR-JSMU) organised a seminar to observe the World Disability Day, here on Wednesday.

Speaking on this occasion, Acting Vice Chancellor JSMU Professor Shahid Rasul said that the disabled are often displaced in the community and it is important to recognize invisible disabilities to create inclusive solutions.

Sharing the data from Pakistan Bureau of Statistics, Teaching Assistant JSMU Dr Kinza Ashfaq said that ‘Fatigue, dizziness and mental illnesses are parts of invisible disabilities and can damage the functionality of people while physical therapists can raise awareness about people suffering from invisible disabilities.
Assistant Professor at Dow University of Health Sciences (DUHS), Dr Rabail Soomro elaborated the clinical reasoning of physical impairments and functional limitations of people.
Principal and Assistant Professor at Institute of Physical Therapy South City Hospital Dr Kanwal Khan highlighted some of the common myths and misconceptions surrounding disabilities. Lecturer IPTR-JSMU Dr Nida Waheed explained the challenges and discrimination faced by disabled people.

The seminar acknowledged the work of physical therapists in promoting the representation of invisible disabilities.

The seminar was also attended by Registrar Dr Azam Khan and Director IPTR-JSMU Dr Muhammad Khan.

Dr Rahat Naz, Director CME, thanked the guest speakers for their presence and stressed the need to enhance the participation of physical therapists in combating disabilities.

World Disability day is observed every year on December 3.

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