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Feb 1 rheumatic diseases’ awareness day KAR to hold event at 360 Mall

KUWAIT CITY, Jan 24: With an aim of keeping the public informed and increasing their knowledge about rheumatoid arthritis disease, an awareness day will be organised by the Kuwait Association of Rheumatology on Feb 1, 2014 at the 360 Mall in Kuwait. Open to the public, the aim of the one-day event is to educate as many people as possible, through various educational services, about how early diagnosis and early treatment of such illness can protect patients against severe complications and disability. For those already inflicted with the disease, they would also be taught how to control their disease in a better way through educational materials and availability of experts. With rheumatoid arthritis happening to around one per cent of the adult population, and more common to women on a ratio of 3:1, 90 per cent of patients inflicted with the disease have developed some form of disability within two decades of onset if they do not receive proper medical treatment.

As an inflammatory, autoimmune disease, rheumatoid arthritis is a condition whereby the body starts attacking its joints causing pain, inflammation and joint stiffness especially in the morning. In the long-term, this disease causes damage to the cartilage, tendons and ligaments, and can even wear away the ends of bones thereby causing joint deformity and disability. “Continuous education of the public about this disease is imperative in order to facilitate early diagnosis and early treatment,” said Prof Adel Al-Awadhi, MD, FRCPC, FACP, FACR; Professor of Medicine and Rheumatology; Consultant Physician and Rheumatologist Faculty of Medicine, Kuwait University; Head of Rheumatic Disease Unit, Amiri Hospital; and President of Kuwait Association of Rheumatology. “Only by doing so we can help improve the lives of those already experiencing symptoms and prevent them from suffering the consequences of such a debilitating disease. “At the same time, those who may have already been stricken ill by it can also be educated on how best to control and cope with such illness,” he added. “We are therefore looking forward to welcoming and meeting as many people as possible at the event and help them be made more aware of such disease.” Apart from the educational services, valuable gifts as well as entertainment await all visitors, including a special area for kids for their enjoyment. The event is open to the general public and will be held from 3 to 7 pm.

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