WriteUps By Dr. Naheed Parveen
| The Regional Research Institute of Unani Medicine (RRIUM), Mumbai, a peripheral institute of Central Council for Research in Unani Medicine (CCRUM), Ministry of Ayush, Government of India, organised a National Seminar on Mental Health in hybrid mode. The seminar was themed on “Opening Doors to Quality Mental Health Care Through Unani System of Medicine’’ on February 8, 2022.
Addressing the seminar, Prof. Asim Ali Khan, Director General, CCRUM, Ministry of Ayush, Government of India emphasised the need to focus attention towards the silent pandemic of mental illness which has been accentuated by the Covid-19 pandemic. He urged to plan research activities of various institutes under the CCRUM in such a way that Unani Medicine may become a major contributor for awareness and upkeep of mental health. He said that mental health is the national priority today; hence, there cannot be a better time for Unani Medicine to explore its potential in this field and deliver comprehensive mental health care regimes.
Dr. Nirmala Devi, Research officer Incharge, RRIUM, Mumbai stressed the need for collective efforts from all medical systems to deliver integrated mental healthcare management system for alleviating the turmoil faced by those suffering from any level of mental illness.
Dr. Varsha Dawani, Chief Psychiatrist, Central Hospital, Mumbai, Dr. Archana Gadkari, Head, Department of Psychiatry, Central Hospital, Mumbai and Dr. Isa Nadvi, Professor, MIJT Tibbia, Mumbai were speakers of the seminar.
Poster and paper presentations by researchers gave the program a further scientific touch and highlighted the research work of the CCRUM in the field of mental health.
Dr. Humaira Bano, Dr. Nikhath Shaikh, Dr. Irfan Ahmed, Mohd. Adil and other officers of the institute organized and managed the proceedings of the seminar.