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The Aga Khan University Hospital Pakistan

People Unite and Walk for Parkinson's

 
<p>There are about 450,000 people suffering from Parkinson’s in Pakistan. Parkinson’s disease can become quite debilitating as it progresses. It is more common amongst men than women. Unfortunately, the exact cause is unknown and there is no cure. However, if diagnosed early, the progression of the disease may be managed through diet, exercise and medication. Another option available to patients is surgical intervention known as Deep Brain Stimulation which may help with the motor symptoms of the disease. However, the awareness about Parkinson’s in Pakistan amongst the general population is low, there are no direct tests for this disease and it can be masked by other diseases with similar symptoms.  On 5 March 2017, The Aga Khan University Hospital in collaboration with the Pakistan Parkinson’s Society, invited people of all ages, talents and fitness levels to take walk and show their support for people suffering from Parkinson’s, and let them know that they are not alone in this struggle. The Parkinson’s Unity Walk is held every year and this year attracted over 400 people.</p><div>The participants had the opportunity to learn more about the disease and Deep Brain Stimulation from Neurologists, Dr. Aziz Sonawalla and Dr. Dureshehwar Kanwar as well as Neurosurgeon, Dr. Ehsan Bari and Physiotherapist, Mr. Ata Muhammad. Mr. Haroon, Chairman of the Pakistan Parkinson’s Society also shared his experience as a patient for over 8 years. </div><div>
</div><div>The walk highlighted movement and exercise as a symbol of hope and encouragement for Parkinson’s patients, and applauded their bravery in the battle with this disease together with a renewed sense of enthusiasm.</div><div>
</div><div>The energetic walk was followed by refreshments. Over tea, the participants got the chance to talk and reinforce their resolution, with supporters who shared the common goal— to help beat Parkinson’s.</div><div>
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