Rehabilitation is a complicated and continuous process and requires the service of trained personnel, dedicated social workers and funds. The launching of such a multipurpose scheme was made possible when in 1964 the Society’s application for financial grant under PL-480 for its two Research Demonstration project was recommended by the Pakistan Government and accepted by the Department of Health Education and Welfare, Vocational Rehabilitation Administration Washington – Government of the United States of America. The premises at 111-Ferozepur Road were purchased and the Society moved in there. The money for the building was raised from loans which have since been repaid.
In 1969, a new block of building, the first of a series, was completed to house the Orthopedics Centre for the fabrication and fitting of artificial limbs and braces. This Section till then was functioning in arented building away from the Centre.The block, housing the Physiotherapy Department and the Surgical Unit was completed in 1971–72. Another block specially designed to accommodate the School & Vocational Centre was completed in 1980 with Government grant and public donations.
From time to time foreign experts have visited the Society and helped in organizing the various sections and training the necessary personnel. Mr. Hengel from Netherlands helped in organizing the Orthopedic Centre and trained 12 orthotics and prosthetics. Miss. Sandra Allen from U.K and Miss. Ruby Decker from USA organized the Physiotherapy Department and trained 12 Physiotherapists in the Physiotherapy School set up by the latter. The Physiotherapy Centre was completely renovated and equipped in 2007. Among the patients coming to P.S.R.D for treatment were a number of children whose education was neglected because of the nature of their treatment.
An educational program was started in 1965 and the project was helped to develop with the financial assistance of Bernard Van Leer Foundation of Holland followed by Oxfam, Oxford (England) who also provided a van for transportation of the children. The program proved beneficial and the children made good progress both academically and in their treatment.In 1980 another block to accommodate Education Centre and Vocational Training Centre was completed the help of grants from the government and public donations. The School now has 240 students on its rolls studying up to the 10th Class.
Some of the features which differentiate the PSRD from other similar institutes are:
- 50% of hospital beds are for free or concessional treatment. Poor patients are given free treatment and food during hospitalization. They are also provided free appliances. No one is refused admission.
- School consisting of 240 children besides providing education up to class ten also provides free pick and drop facilities, milk as a nutritional supplement and mid-day meals. They are provided facilities for computer learning from 6th class onward.
- A modern Physiotherapy Centre equipped with the latest and modern equipment.
- Economic Rehabilitation; The Society not only offers quality medical and surgical services to its patients but has also entered in the field of economic and social rehabilitation. Micro credit loans are being given to deserving disabled persons to enable them to be economically independent and useful citizens of Pakistan.
- Sports is an essential part of treatment for physically disabled, a lot of emphasis is given to sports and our students have been participating in local, national and international sports events with distinction and honor.
- Skill Development Centre: The main focus of Skill Development Centre is to equip persons with disabilities of both genders, with various skills to make them productive and active members of society. The centre offers courses in computer, arts and crafts, sewing and stitching.
- EARNING OPPORTUNITY: Young people with disabilities and / or their family members are also paid a good monthly wage to produce items for sale in commercial outlets. They get a sense of satisfaction and pride when they are able to contribute to the family income. PSRD is grateful to Ehsaan Chappal Store and H. Karim Buksh for supporting this endeavour.
- Most of the PSRD records, stores and account have been computerized.
- So far PSRD has treated 400,000 patients.
PSRD College of Rehabilitation Sciences
A Project of
“Pakistan Society for the Rehabilitation of the Disabled (PSRD)”
The importance of a good Clinical Department with a fairly large no. of patients is completely evident from the fact that Physical Therapy is a clinical Degree having more Clinical Courses than non-clinical. PSRD has one of the largest Physical Therapy Departments in Pakistan, fully equipped and modernized with staff strength of masterly educated and skillful Physical Therapists and support staff. The OPD for Physical Therapy caters to more than 100 patients per day which includes a wide variety of disorders; Musculoskeletal Injuries, Orthopedic Surgical cases, Neurological Disorders, Geriatrics constitute the greater proportions among all.
The Occupational Therapy Department is also a model department in the province which has been providing exceptional services. There are millions of individuals suffering every day from occupational hazards, traumas, neurological disorders which hinder their maximum performance at their work but they are not aware about where to go for the treatment. Even after the Surgeries and Physical Rehabilitation services, patients need specific occupational therapy rehabilitation. PSRD College of Rehabilitation Sciences will play a pivotal role in reducing the extreme shortage of trained occupational Therapists in Pakistan.
The Orthopedic Surgery Hospital has also been a hallmark since its establishment. Many giants of orthopedic surgery have spent their initial years in providing services to PSRD Hospital. PSRD Hospital, originally established for the treatment of patients with deformities, is now one of the largest Orthopedic Hospitals in Pakistan with a capacity of more than 100 beds where orthopedic operations including total joint replacement, fracture, non-unions, mal-union and various types of congenital deformities are taking place.
Having achieved a distinguished place in the Rehabilitation, PSRD is now eager to develop an Institution which will deliver high quality education and will be able to develop highly capable Rehabilitation Team including Physical Therapists and Occupational Therapists. Quality in services has been our motive which has driven us so far. So we will be continuing our tradition and provide the best quality education in the fields of Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy. This college will redefine the standards of Education in the whole region. PCRS will focus on all three domains of the profession i.e. Academics, clinical skills and research.