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India - WORLD STROKE DAY

from 12.10.2018 to 29.11.2018 - STROKE FOUNDATION OF BENGAL

SFB’s year long Stroke Campaign culminated, as in other years, in an official program organised jointly with the Indian Medical Association, Salt Lake Branch at the IMA House on the 29th of October. The program which kicked off with the lighting of the ceremonial lamp by Prof. R. Pandey, Vice Chancellor of West Bengal University of Health Sciences was followed by the Welcome address by the Secretary of SFB, Dr. A Shobhana who dwelt upon this year’s WSD theme, specially mentioned the role of recently developed mobile-based tool, the “Stroke Riskometer app” in the assessment of Risk Factors, prevention and prediction of Stroke by smartphone users. Prof. Pandey, in his inaugural address stressed upon tapping technology for the benefits of Stroke survivors in the activity of daily living so as to make “UpAgainAfterStroke” more relevant. Prof. Soumendranath Banerjee, Former Director of Medical Education, Govt. Of West Bengal appreciated very much the continued dedicated activities of Stroke Foundation for more than a decade with the mission to fight stroke devastation with so limited resources.  He believed that with these activities, Stroke awareness has increased significantly in West Bengal and adjoining region. Prof. Surhita Pal ,Principal, Burdwan Medical College  was among the other dignitaries of the day.

Prof. Dipes Kumar Mandal, Founder President of SFB after a short briefing of the developments in SFB’s activities in stroke Awareness and Access, conveyed to the audience the main concerns shared by the Prof.M. Brainin , President, World Stroke Organisation regarding the inaction of the most governments towards stroke, which is easily preventable in over 80% cases, if known risk factors are controlled. He stressed upon the need to take up the issue of the Global Stroke Bill of Rights at the respective Government levels as this is of utmost relevance to developing nations like India. All patients especially the poor should get all benefits of costly long-term stroke care, once this Stroke Bill is passed in the Parliaments. The Stroke Support Groups should work with related NGOs, social activists, corporate, advocates and approach the Government.

These was an active interaction between the audience comprising of stroke survivors caregivers, physiotherapists, general public, doctors, engineers and many others from all sections of the society. The presence of stroke champions especially the lady who survived four strokes and whose victory over the disabilities we shared on the social networking sites attended with her family members- adding more to just an awareness program, truly making the concept of “UpAgainAfterStroke” come alive.

Apart from the year long activities of distributing educational materials like leaflets, our bilingual (Bengali &English) Stroke Bulletins, free distribution of SFB’s Stroke documentary, organizing awareness seminars, hypertension camps, regular updating the website and social media sites, SFB posted an audiovisual  WSD message by Prof. Mandal and Dr.Shobhana digitally in Bengali and English. A Bengali Daily brought out write ups about SFB’s WSD activities. Dr.Shobhana was featured in an hour long live interactive program in AIR (National Radio, Kolkata) in Bengali at 8PM on October 29. Besides, an You tube video on Stroke Riskometer app has been posted in SFB  FB Page.

Contact Details

STROKE FOUNDATION OF BENGAL
Member World Stroke Organization
Prof DIPES MANDAL
SALT LAKE CITY
KOLKATA WEST BENGAL,INDIA  700106 India

Work Phone: 919433087446
Email Address: dipesmandal@yahoo.co.in

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