Punjab Health Minister Saleema Hashmi, inaugurated the newly established Dementia Centre at the Mayo Hospital Lahore on May 23, 2013. Alzheimer’s Pakistan in collaboration with Mayo Hospital and Kind Edwards Medical University has established the Dementia Centre to provide dementia related services to people with dementia and their families, training on diagnosis and management of dementia to health care providers and research on dementia related issues. The Dementia center is first of its kind in the country being established at Mayo Hospital Lahore, the largest hospital in the country.
Punjab Health Minister, Saleema Hashmi was the chief guest at this occasion and inaugurated the Dementia Center. While addressing the inauguration ceremony Ms. Hashmi stressed upon the need of formulation of a consolidated policy at provincial and national levels to cater to the problems of senior citizens. The Minister said that the weakening of joint family system in the country was leading to an increase in social and health related problems of the aged. Ms. Hashmi further said that she was very pleased that Alzheimer’s Pakistan and Mayo Hospital /Kind Edwards Medical University have collaborated for the welfare of people with dementia and announced that the government would fully support this initiative.
Psychiatry Department Head Prof Aftab Asif said that it was the prime responsibility of youngsters to look after their old parents. He further said that the age expectancy in Pakistan was increasing and side by side the diseases of Dementia and Alzheimer had also increased. He said that Dementia starts from the loss of memory and aggravates day by day till the patient becomes unable to perform daily chores. Prof Aftab emphasised the importance of the role of other family members for taking care of their elders. He said that establishment of Dementia Center in Mayo Hospital would be helpful in solving the problems of Dementia and Alzheimer patients.
Dr. Ali Hashmi said that it was the need of the time to create awareness among the masses regarding Dementia so that people could understand the problems of their old parents and to help them properly.
Speaking at this occasion, Alzheimer’s Pakistan Patron Prof Yasmeen Rashid informed that the Alzheimer’s Pakistan is providing a range of services to people with dementia and their families. She said that the establishment of Dementia Research Center in Mayo Hospital was a positive step which would prove helpful to solve the social problems and to provide treatment facilities to the patients of Dementia and Alzheimer’s.