Published On: 29/10/2018 – 12:50am by Dr.Prabhu.
MK Gandhi said, ‘Walking together for a cause is the most simple way of starting a movement’. No wonder, the 10-day 390 KM salt march was a tipping moment in Indian Freedom Movement. Taking inspiration from Gandhi, we have resolved to make India Stroke awareness in this year.
A walkathon was organized today in Bangalore by Stroke Unit of Steadfast neuro Super Specialty Rehab Center to mark World Stroke Health Day on 29.10.2018. The Walkathon was inaugurated with Flag off by Mr.Saravanan, President, Dr.APJ Abdul kalam Welfare Association, Jeyanagar, Bangalore. The walkathon started from Steadfast Neuro Super Specialty Rehab Center, Sajjan Rao Circle, VV Puram to Lal Bagh Botanical Garden and back to Sajjan Rao Circle.
The walk was led by Dr. Prabhu PT, FRCPT, (PhD), Director of Steadfast Neuro Super Specialty Rehab Center, Dr. Rubeena PT, Chief Physiotherapist of Steadfast Neuro Super Specialty Rehab Center, and Mr. Md Suhail, Admin of Steadfast Neuro Super Specialty Rehab Center.
An awareness talk was also organised by Steadfast Neuro Super Specialty Rehab Center to create awareness among people regarding stroke. Few stroke survivors took part in the walkathon and shared their story along with 150 students and Physiotherapists.
A survivor of stroke said, “We were very excited when Steadfast Neuro Super Specialty Rehab Center, told us about the walkathon. Most of us have completely recovered from the stroke. We hope this walkathon will inspire others,”
Dr. Prabhu MPT (Neuro), FRCPT, (PhD) said that these stroke survivors are now leading active life and they prove that timely proper treatment help stroke survivors get back to their feet. These survivors are the living example of the fact that stroke can be cured easily with timely intervention.
Dr. Rubeena MPT (Neuro), cNDT, FRCPT said, “A stroke attack can happen to anyone and across all age groups, social strata and gender. It is alarming to see the increase in stroke cases and the age bracket for stroke decrease, as almost 12% of stroke patients are under the age of 40 years. Those suffering from high blood pressure, diabetes, high blood cholesterol and intake of oral contraceptives are especially at risk.”
Mr. Saravanan, President, Dr.APJ Abdul kalam Welfare Association, Jeyanagar, Bangalore said, “It is important to stress the importance of awareness programs to stress the fact that stroke is treatable and preventable.”
Dr. R. V Vijayakumar, MPT, FRCPT, Senior Consultant Physiotherapist said, “Stroke in India is increasing at an alarming rate, especially among youth. The main cause for this increase includes stress levels, poor diet and a sedentary lifestyle. If left untreated, it can cause irrepressible damage to brain cells, impeding motor and speech skills.”
Dr.R.V.Vijayakumar has also discussed the importance of stroke prevention among students of nearby schools to create awareness.
Volunteers of this program have staged a “Flash Mob Dance” to create awareness about Stroke at Gopalan Innovation Mall, Bannerghatta Road, Bangalore.
The Entire programs (A Walkathon, Flash Mob, Awareness Talk at Schools) were planned and coordinated by Dr.Rubeena and Mr.Dhammick Shinde.
World Stroke Day is observed on October 29 to underscore the serious nature and high rates of stroke, raise awareness of the prevention and treatment of the condition, and ensure better care and support for survivors.