COMSTECH Webinar on Armed Conflicts, War and Brain Health

Islamabad – COMSTECH organized a webinar on armed conflicts, war and brain health.

The webinar was moderated by Prof. Dr. Wasay, Professor Neurology, Aga Khan University. Prof. Wasay said that the topic of today’s webinar is most important. He said that this issue is not only affecting the people in the war zones but the entire humanity around the world.

Prof. Dr. Foad Abdallah, past president, African Academy of Neurology, and Professor of Neurology and Stroke Medicine at Cairo University, Egypt. He talked about the genocide and its effect on brain health. He talked about genocide, examples of recent genocide, the brain behind the genocide act, the brain of genocide observers, and the effect of genocide on the brain. He said genocide is an act of evil. He said that developing plans for improving health infrastructure during conflict & post-conflict time is crucial. Prof. Abdallah concluded that we need to end this genocide now and live together.

Prof. Dr. Adel Musk from Gaza highlighted the topic of the regional impact of Palestine war. He gave comprehensive account of the genocide impact on Gaza strip. He said Gaza hospitals have been targeted intentionally and many times during the aggression. He said 147 media workers have been killed with the majority being Palestinians. He said reports indicate that 38 journalists have been arrested since the start of the war and several journalists have lost family member. He said currently 100% Gazans are facing crisis of food security and the entire infrastructure has been completely destroyed.

Prof. Dr. Mian Afzal Javed, past president, World Psychiatry Association talked on the topic of global mental health impact of armed conflicts. He talked about the importance of mental health. He recommended to the countries to expand disaster management system to cope such calamities.

Prof. Dr. Serefnur Ozturk, Environment Neurology Group, World Federation of Neurology, Professor, Department of Neurology, Konya -Turkey discussed the topic of environmental impact of war.

The webinar was attended by the participants across OIC member states online.

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