The Fifth Anniversary of Stroke Foundation of Bengal (SFB) was celebrated at a function organized at the Rabindra Okakura Bhavan, Salt Lake city on 24.6.11.

The program started with the lighting of the ceremonial lamp by Mr.Firhad Hakim, Hon’ble Minister-in-charge, Department of Municipal Affairs and Urban Development Government of West Bengal and Mr Sujit Bose, Hon’ble Member of Legislative Assembly, West Bengal was present as Chief Guest.

Dr.A.Shobhana, Secretary of SFB in her welcome address briefly highlighted the influence of wrong lifestyle on the development of stroke and other Non-communicable diseases. The objectives and future directions of SFB, namely setting up of a stroke centre was stressed upon.

Mr Firhad Hakim in his inaugural speech, highly appreciated SFB its dedication towards fighting rising stroke devastation in our country, and congratulated for the international award received from World Stroke Organization for World Stroke Day Campaign 2010. He said that with time and fast life of modern age, the incidence of deadly stroke is rising in our country due to lack of awareness, resulting enormous death and more frustrating disability. He also stressed upon the WSD slogan of “1 in 6” and round the year stroke awareness campaign. As Stroke may affect any body any where, he bears the similar view as that of SFB in regards to the need for tele-stroke for uniform treatment strategies all over the state of west Bengal. He assured SFB all helps so that Tele-stroke facilities like tele-conferencing (with Stroke Centre in Kolkata, to be set up shortly) can be provided among at least over 100 municipal hospitals under his departments, so that proper management can be ensured at patients of districts and subdivisional hospitals without shifting , wasting time and reducing cost of management. This sort of innovative objective of SFB should be materialized by the government for all section of people of our state He also said that he would discuss the problems of stroke devastation and its remedy, as highlighted by SFB with the Hon’ble Health Minister who is also the Chief Minister of West Bengal, as this area had received little attention till today.

Mr. Sujit Bose, in his address as Chief Guest, expressed extreme concern that more than 17 lakhs of people are afflicted by Stroke annually in India, of which more than 6 peoples die in 4-6 weeks of onset and many more are disabled due to lack of awareness, although it is very much a preventable and treatable human catastrophe. He praised enormously the works carried on by SFB with such dedication for the general masses. He assured all help to SFB in developing a Modern Stroke Centre in his Salt lake area, and hopes an early action will be taken up on this issue.

Prof. Asoke K Chaudhuri, Former President of Cardiological Society of India and Dean, Faculty of Medicine, Calcutta University, while lauding SFB activities to fight stroke reiterated the need for lifestyle management in tackling stroke menace. Prof. S.C.Chakraborty, former director of Medical Education stressed upon the need for a “Stroke Registry” so that all the epidemiological data can be analyzed. .

Shri Sudhir De, Editor of Laban Hrad stresses upon the need of stroke awareness among all section of the society, and assured all help through his News Magazine. 

Prof.D.K.Mandal in his presidential address stressed upon the reasons of alarming increase in lifestyle disorders and non communicable disease, and the practical and scientific Treatment strategies, which have not been taken care of seriously till date in our country, due to lack of awareness among all section of people. He also said that SFB, with the help of the New Government in West Bengal will set up a Comprehensive Stroke Centre (with Tele-Stroke access), where prevention, treatment and rehabilitation of all stroke patients- here and everywhere- would be taken care. This will save several thousands of patients from death and disability every year. And this will be done on the basis of “ACT NOW:” of WSO campaign with the help of the new Government of West Bengal.

The program concluded with a vote of thanks by Dr Dolan Das.