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October 2, 2015

Trauma management subject inclusion in curriculum sought


October 2, 2015

PESHAWAR: The participants of a workshop Thursday called for inclusion of the trauma management as subject in schools and colleges of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
The three-day workshop titled “Post-Trauma Management Course” was organised by the Ibadat Hospital in collaboration with various non-governmental organisations including Mark Foundation.
Two teachers from the Psychology Department of the University of Punjab in Lahore, Nazia and Saadia Dildar, had been invited as trainers. Teachers from various colleges and schools in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa participated in the event and termed it highly productive and timely.
Almost all the participants suggested that the trauma management should be included in the curriculum as a subject to be taught at schools and colleges.
“The prevailing situation in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, nay the whole country, has necessitated the inclusion of
trauma management as a subject in the curriculum,” said Afshan Qureshi, a lecturer from the Fazaia College in Peshawar.
She termed the programme very fruitful and informative. “The students must be imparted such education to help cope with post-trauma effects,” said Kushnuma Awan of the same college.
Zakia Minhas from Chitral asked the management of the Ibadat Hospital as well as the provincial government to arrange such events in the far-flung areas.
Kiran Ali Daud of the Ibadat Hospital said that administration at the facility realized the importance of such programmes after the devastating attack on the Army Public School on December 16, last year.
“We met the affectees, extended them help and organised sessions for them,” she said, adding, “then our management decided to organise a series of such events.”
Dr Kamran, Chief Executive Officer of Mark Pharmaceutical and patron of
Mark Foundation, said that organisation had been working with Dr Khalid Mufti since long.
“The post-APS attack situation called for holding such events in the

country. We are committed to organising more such events,” he added.
Earlier, in his brief speech, Prof Dr Khalid Mufti, chairman of the Horizon, said that the attack on the Army Pubic School and killings of a large number of children along with the staff in the incident left the people shell-shocked.
“The tragedy highlighted the need to equip teachers with the skills and the techniques to deal with post-trauma situations,” said Dr Khalid Mufti who also took
the opportunity to talk
about the importance of child psychiatry.

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