LAHORE October 13:

Punjab Health Minister Dr. Yasmin Rashid approved the appointment of new Task Force in third meeting of the Punjab Mental Health Authority at the Specialized Healthcare and Medical Education Department here on Tuesday. 

Present in the meeting were Additional Secretary (Technical) SHME Department Dr. Salman Shahid, Additional Secretary PSH, Executive Director Punjab Institute of Mental Health Dr. Ashraf, Dr. Altaf, Professor Javed Chaudhry, Dr. Rajina whereas Dr. Sara and Dr. Roohi attended via video link. Dr. Ashraf presented the agenda items of the meeting. The Minister approved the appointment of the New Task Force and also directed the officials to expand services of Mental Health to the community level. 

The Minister said, “The registration of patients suffering from mental illnesses is a key milestone. The offices of Board of Visitors must be set up at Divisional Level. There is dire need to create awareness in society about mental illnesses and their treatment. A separate helpline for information and registration will be set up. The Punjab Mental Health Authority Act will be revised. Clinical Psychologist must included in the Board of Visitors. The capacity and performance of Punjab Mental Health Authority is being increased.”

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