This year the sixth foundation day celebrations of the Stroke Foundation of Bengal was held at the DafodilHospital,Kolkata. As a run up to the main function diabetes and hypertension screening camp was held by SFB at the DafodilHospital, Kolkata on 23.6.12 where about thirty people were screened. The participants were informed about the importance of screening of Hypertension and Diabetes, and also they were provided with leaflets and stroke bulletin of SFB.
The main function, held on 24th June.2012 began with an opening song by Ms.Antara Mandal. in her secretarial address Dr. A. Shobhana highlighted SFB’sactivities in the year gone by, specially the formation of Bolpur Branch of SFB this year. She stressed upon the importance of more such units so that the underserved rural Bengal gets better stroke services. This would pave the way for Tele-stroke to be established. The program was inaugurated with lightning of the lamp by Sri Tapas Roy,Honb’le MLA, who in his inaugural speech recalled his long association with Prof.Mandal and admitted that he was quite in the dark about the activities of SFB. The people in general are in darkness about Stroke and should come to the light so that importance of stroke malady are recognized properly.. He promised all possible help to SFB in its activites to fight stroke devastation, including to taking up this issue of stroke devastation at the level of the Chief Minister, who is also the Health Minister of West Bengal.
This year’s souvenir was released by Sri Sujit Bose, Hon’ble MLA and the Chief Guest, who has been associated with SFB’s programs in the past as well. He also reassured of all help to SFB and expressed his wish to take up the Issue of stroke at the government level jointly with Sri Tapas Roy. Dr.R.D.Dubey, the President of the Indian Medical Association, Bengal State Branch , the Special Guest of the occasion reiterated the alarming rise in non-communicable diseases(NCDs) and how in >80% cases stroke can be prevented. He assured SFB all help on behalf of the IMA. Sri Arun K. Sarkar, the Managing Director of Dafodil Hospital has expressed interest in setting up a stroke centre at Dafodil in collaboration with SFB. The President of SFB in his address appealed to Governmental and non governmental organizations to seriously consider about solutions to the stroke devastation, one of which is connecting all parts of West Bengal and India in a telestroke network, which is the only answer to this lack of stroke services in our financial resource constrained country. The SFB documentary on World Stroke Day 2011 and the 1 in 6 campaign was screened during the program.
There was a lively interactive session on stroke and life style diseases where the audience’s queries were answered by a panel of experts including neurologist, internists neurosurgeon, and pediatrician and rehabilitation consultant. The program concluded with the vote of thanks by Sri.Bhaskar Layek.