29th of Oct 2010 saw a lot of activities. More than three lakhs mobile “sms” were sent to mobile users spreading the message of WSD2010, and the importance of controlling hypertension to fight stroke in the community. Moreover, Mobile vans carrying banners and hoarding of the stroke campaign were displayed along the streets of different parts of Kolkata and Salt Lake City.
There was an interactive live-telecast in a Bengali television channel in which Prof D.K.Mandal, President of Stroke Foundation of Bengal(SFB) dealt in details about importance of stroke awareness in the context of World Stroke Day esp. in our developing country, where stroke is rising as an epidemic. The theme of this year’s WSD – One in Six – has been explained to the channel viewers. A free health camp was organized to check blood pressures among volunteers and elderly individuals in a city hospital.
The seminar on the observation of World Stroke Day was organized at the auditorium of Phanibhushan Vidyavinod Jatra Mancha, at Bagbazar, North Kolkata. Dr.A.Shobhana, Secretary,SFB in her welcome address, elaborated about the concept of World Stroke Day and the importance of its themes in last four years. Hon’ble Union Urban Development Minister, Prof Sougata Roy, in his inaugural address complimented SFB for its exemplary work and urged all people to take active initiative for the cause of stroke in their own fields. He stressed very much upon the importance of checking blood pressures periodically especially among individuals above 40 years of age. as he had himself been an witness to many persons including one of his political colleague succumbing to massive stroke resulting from uncontrolled hypertension and lack of immediate treatment facilities. He stressed upon even wider publicity of Stroke and Hypertension among the general public and also the treating physicians, and expressed the view that the Kolkata Municipal Corporation should be actively involved in the stroke awareness and blood pressure control, as in case of Malaria, Tuberculosis and AIDS.
Dr Tarun Mandal, a Member of Parliament and also a Member, Standing Committee on the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare & Member, Consultative Committee on Ministry of Rural Development & Panchayeti Raj, agreed that those in power should be involved seriously about the problems of stroke devastation especially when stroke care facility did not get priority as it deserved. He praised the activities of SFB as it has timely pointed out the dark future of stroke patients and survivors, unless proper steps are taken up urgently. He assured all possible help to SFB in their endeavors to fight stroke in our community –rural and urban. Among others dignitaries present were Dr. S. K. Sengupta the Vice President,Indian Medical Association, Bengal State Branch and Mr Tarak Banerjee, a Member of Legislative Assembly, West Bengal who expressed their full support and help for the activities of SFB.
Prof.D.K.Mandal, in his presidecial address dwelt on the “One in Six” campaign, urging the people in the Government to rise up to the occasion and to take emergent action so that more lives are not lost or crippled. It was already late. He stressed on “ACT NOW – WHY” as advocated by World Stroke Organisation to fight stroke especially in our developing countries. The program concluded with the vote of thanks by Sri Asoke De,Hony Treasurer,SFB.
The whole program was covered by electronic (Government and Private channel)and print media.