Although much is being done for the habilitation and rehabilitation of the unprivileged and underprivileged in different sectors at different levels, the need yet remains to do more. Talking about rehabilitation, the very first thing that comes to the mind is the rehabilitation team and its members and workers. The question remains whether all the rehabilitation workers are professionally trained?
Unfortunately not many professionally trained rehabilitation workers could be produced as compared to increasing population of the physically and psychologically disabled in the country. Occupational therapy, also, being a crucial member of the rehabilitation team since its inception in 1971, could not succeed significantly in producing respectable number of therapists. The fact remains, despite all the efforts, due to different reasons, occupational therapy could not grow beyond only school of occupational therapy at federal level situated in Jinnah Post Graduate Medical Centre, Karachi.
Opening up of another school of occupational therapy on provincial level at DUHS, Karachi, under the umbrella of Institute of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation has come up as a long awaited dream come true and a landmark towards the betterment of the special people in the years to come.
I feel no hesitation in congratulating all those who by putting in tireless efforts, commitment and determination could make it possible, in particular Professor Dr. Masood VC, DUHS and Dr. Nabila Soomro, Director, Institute of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, DUHS. I whole heartedly pray for their success. May Allah almighty bless them all. (Amen).