On 19th of May, 2019 MSSI Pune participated at the Indian Medical Association’s symposium at IMA House to create awareness about MS. About 80 Doctors were present. In spite of the busy schedule of IMA symposium, they were kind enough to allow us a slot of 15 minutes to talk on MS and MSSI’s activities.
Asha Merchant briefed the Doctors present with the help of powerpoint presentation the role of MSSI and kind of events it undertakes to create awareness on MS. The events include Walkathon, Musical program at Mall, Physiotherapy camp at medical college; Medical camps at Ruby Hall Clinic, a picnic for MSPs and their caregivers to ensure that they remain socially connected with one another, fundraising event and donors meet.
Madhuri Kothavale addressed the audience in Marathi and talked about MSSI, its affiliation with MSIF UK, No of Chapters in India and their objectives in terms of providing financial help for medication, counselling, providing physiotherapy, nursing assistance to bedridden needy MS Patients, visits by the Patient coordinator to MSPs to understand their special needs.
Anjali Vyas, being an MS Person herself interacted with Doctors present and talked about her MS and the way she bravely faced the difficulties arising out this disease and kept herself fit and happy.
MSSI distributed brochures to all the Doctors. There was a photo session with the senior doctors. The program ended with personal interaction with different doctors followed by lunch provided by IMA.