An hour long Live Awareness Program on Stroke and Traumatic Brain Injury was elaborately presented at the National TV Network (DD 7), Kolkata in Bengali on July 2015 at 4PM with repeat Telecast on 24th at 9-30AM. Prof mandal, the President of Stroke Foundation of Bengal was invited specially to talk on Stroke awareness. He elaborated all aspects of Stroke esp. the nature of stroke burden in India, treatable Risk factors special to the region, how to recognise it and what to do when stroke affects someone in rural areas. His emphasis was on High Blood pressure and tobacco addiction( esp chewing in rural areas in the form of Jarda, Dokta Gutka , Khaini) among less educated persons.
Importance of setting up primary Stroke Centres in the Peripheral hospitals with facilities of CT scanner and formation of stroke team has been highlighted. The scope of Tele-stroke facilities could solve enormous burden of the patients and the treating doctors. Moreover setting up of many Rehabilitation clinics in peripheral hospitals would reduce post-stroke disability significantly in the whole country.
Lastly Prof. Mandal informed about the recent introduction of “Stroke Riskometer app” all over the world in 13 languages which could be downloaded through Smartphones . The Bengali script would also be available in the Riskometer app. The users could reap the benefits of Stroke awareness through the questionaire on stroke in the “ Riskometer app” and know the predictive value in the next 5-10 years. With increasing number of Smartphone users in all parts of the country, more and more people will know their stroke risks and may take preventive measures accordingly with less cost and round the year from any part of the country. This novel method would help tremendously in reducing the incidence of stroke and so the stroke burden