On the occasion of World Arthritis Day, Sir Ganga Ram Hospital called for greater awareness and action to fight against various types of arthritis, especially Rheumatoid Arthritis, a growing concern in India. Rheumatoid Arthritis has emerged as the most common ailment in the country affecting young people. If untreated, Arthritis could well become the biggest epidemic of the country by 2013. To create greater awareness the hospital organised an awareness walk for adults and a painting competition for children. Over 150 families attended this walk and nearly 100 children participated in the painting competition. The walk was followed with an interactive seminar addressing issues on various forms of arthritis and treatment modalities by Dr. Lalit Duggal, Head Rheumatology& Clinical Immunology of Sir Ganga Ram Hospital and his team.
Rheumatoid Arthritis is a chronic inflammatory disorder that typically affects the small joints in your hands and feet. This can be both debilitating and disfiguring. Therefore, early drug treatment is essential to minimize or prevent any permanent damage to the joints. The newer category of ‘biologic' drugs has dramatically improved the outcome of this disease and has contributed to significant improvement in management of Rheumatoid Arthritis.
Dr. Lalit Duggal, said, "Early recognition of symptoms is the key. Unusual joint pain that does not go away or that gets worse rather than better should not be ignored. Morning joint stiffness that lasts for more than 30 minutes to an hour, swelling in three or more joints, symmetrical joint pains coupled with low grade fever and fatigue, are signs of rheumatoid arthritis."
Dr. Sujata Sawhney, Consulting Paediatric& Adolescent Rheumatologist, spoke about the growing incidence of Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis (JIA). "Awareness about JIA is poor in the country. Involvement of the family at every step of the treatment, regular follow ups, coordination with the teachers during flare ups and informing and educating the child are some of the steps in managing the children with JIA ensuring a good quality of life so that there should be no stigma attached to it", she added.
DRIF- Delhi Rheumatology and Immunology Foundation –An initiative by rheumatologists from the hospital organized a painting workshop for the kids suffering from Arthritis. The workshop on the topic ‘Dream' was a huge success and saw active participation from the kids.
About Dr. Lalit Duggal
Dr. Lalit Duggal is a senior rheumatologist who is an active member of Delhi Rheumatology Association. He heads the department of rheumatology & clinical immunology at Sir Gangaram Hospital, New Delhi. After completing his M.B.B.S from Armed Forces Medical College, he pursued his MD from KGMC, Lucknow and then acquired FRCP from Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons, Glasgow.
About Dr Neeraj Jain
Dr Neeraj Jain is a consultant Rheumatologist at Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, New Delhi. He is an active member of Delhi Rheumatology Association. He has done his rheumatology training from Royal National hospital of Rheumatic diseases, Bath, UK and King Edward Memorial Hospital, Mumbai. His area of interest is Rheumatoid Arthritis and Vasculitis.
About Dr. Sujata Sawhney
Dr Sujata Sawhney is a Consultant Paediatric Rheumatologist at the Sir Ganga Ram Hospital in New Delhi. Her aim is to provide world-class multidisciplinary team care for children afflicted with rheumatologic conditions and secondly to conduct training courses to increase awareness about children with these problems. She completed MRCP (UK) and trained in Paediatric Rheumatology at the Great Ormond Street Hospital in London. On completion of her training programme, she was awarded the CCST (Completion Certificate of specialist training) from the U.K. Medical Royal College.
About Sir Gangaram Hospital:
Sir Ganga Ram Hospital is a 650-bed multi-specialty state-of-the-art hospital in India. It provides comprehensive healthcare services, and has acquired the status of a premier medical institution. It is the only hospital in the private sector that has maintained nearly 100% bed occupancy due to its reputation of providing the highest level of medical services to patients from Delhi and neighbouring states. The Sir Ganga Ram Hospital is committed to make available 20% beds of total strength for admission of indigenous and financially weaker section of the society. On these beds all facilities (boarding, lodging, investigations, medicine and operative procedures are free