Delhi Chapter had adapted to online or virtual home visits during the COVID-19 pandemic. In the last 2 years in spite of the pandemic & lockdowns, they managed to keep in constant touch with PwMS and enrol new members. As part of their patient outreach & the ‘Know Your Member’ initiative, they resumed Home Visits in June. These visits got an enthusiastic response from the newly enrolled members who were full of questions and doubts that were gently but professionally tackled by a team of volunteers. Mary Toppo, a trained Psychologist and a PwMS herself, with a PG Diploma in Guidance and Counselling also joined them during these visits.
The Hyderabad Chapter organised a picnic on 25 December 2022 at Shilaparamam, Hyderabad. It is a beautiful place and every year artisans from all over the country participate in the All India Crafts Mela held between 15th-31st December. They exhibit textiles and artefacts famous from their respective states. The place has been developed beautifully over the years and is a feast to the eyes. 75 PwMS and their caregivers attended the picnic. The USP of the picnic was that not only did PwMS from Hyderabad participated but many came from different parts of Telangana as well. A game of Tambola was organised and prizes for the same were distributed in various categories. Delicious snacks and lunch were served which everyone enjoyed. It was a good bonding time for everyone as they chatted and exchanged pleasantries. There was a lot of enthusiasm in the air as it was Christmas day. After lunch, many indulged in shopping and had a great time with their respective families and friends.
The Mumbai Chapter organised an MS Awareness Program at Infiniti Mall, Malad on 19 December 2022.
About 80 people joined us including PwMS, their caregivers, friends and families. Mrs. Sheela Chitnis, Hon. Chairperson, Mumbai Chapter gave a short message about MS and MSSI. The highlight of the program was the dance performance by celebrity choreographer, Mr. Devesh Mirchandani. He rocked the Infiniti Mall with his foot-tapping Bollywood song performances.
Other beautiful performances included a Lavani dance by 74-year-old PwMS Sudha Kulkarni. Although Sudha cannot stand without a walker, it was amazing to see her perfect movements using her hands and facial expressions with the help of 2 chairs for balance. PwMS Shashi Patel danced with the help of his better half despite movement restrictions on the famous Srivalli song. PwMS Nadeem Naqui and caregiver Mrs Pandit did a solo music performance with their melodious voices and captivated the visitors of the mall. The program ended with proposing of a Vote of Thanks by Ms Archana Saxena, Hon. Jt. Treasurer of MSSI Mumbai Chapter.
Watch the highlights of the programme here on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/reel/CmYFkI7oEGK/?igshid=MDJmNzVkMjY
A Medical Camp was organised by MSSI Bengaluru Chapter at Sparsh Hospital Auditorium, Infantry Road on 17 December 2022. A Wheelchair was donated to PwMS Freeda at the camp. Christmas & New Year gifts were also given to all PwMS & doctors. Dr Rajesh B. Iyer, Dr Soujanya, Neurology Dept. & Dr Tejas, Urology Dept. of Sparsh Hospital were also a part of the camp.
MSSI Chennai chapter celebrated Christmas on Saturday 17 December 2022 at the BOSCH Office. The program started with Christmas Carols by Mr. Stanley & Band. The Christmas message was delivered by Mrs. Mercy Vishnu, PwMS & her husband Vishnu, PwMS dressed up as Santa Claus for the whole evening. He danced to music & disturbed gifts to all members and caregivers. Everyone enjoyed playing games like ‘Human Christmas Tree’ where you dress each other with decorations, representing the Christmas Tree. A game of Tombola was followed by high tea & the celebrations came close on a touching note with songs by Ms. Jothi a blind singer.
Dr. T. Sunil Kumar Reddy, Neuro Physiotherapist from Banjara Hills, Hyderabad, has an experience of 16 years in this field and practices at the Asian Trans Care in Banjara Hills, Hyderabad. Some of the services provided by him are, Trauma Injury Physiotherapy/Rehab, Neuro Developmental Therapy, Post Surgery Physiotherapy/Rehabilitation and Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation etc. MSSI Hyderabad chapter had an interactive, informative and very enlightening session with him where he emphasized the following points:
- Briefed on MS and stated how one can slow down the progression of MS.
- Treatment for each patient is relative.
- Exercise levels should be increased gradually.
- The rise in the body temperature increases fatigue therefore hot water baths should be avoided. He gave small tips on how to avoid fatigue.
- Walking is an activity, not an exercise.
- Advised to eat smaller meals.
- Patients with a high BMI are prescribed ‘Hydration Therapy’.
It is a myth that exercise causes disease progression.
Hyderabad Chapter hosted an interactive online yoga session focusing on Breath in Pain Management, by Shakuntala Devulapally, Yoga Therapist. She taught ‘guided breathing’ to PwMS during the session and talked about recognising pain & how the breath is important in pain management.
Kush Kale, grandson of Late PwMS Mrs. Neelima, Former National Treasurer, MSSI and Late Mr. Sharad Kale is a 1st-year student of MBBS from Oxford University, London. During his trip to Mumbai, he had the pleasure of spending four days with Dr. Pradyumna Oak, Director & Head of Neurology, Nanavati Hospital, Mumbai. To gain a wider perspective of the Indian MS Society, he had a one-to-one interaction with a few patients who are dealing with MS. It was an informative interaction where he highlighted the work done by MS Societies in the UK. This session was organised by Mrs. Sheela Chitnis and attended by Sandeep Chitnis, Hon. National Secretary & Surekha Nerurkar, Hon. Treasurer of Mumbai Chapter, Kush’ parents Milind & Nutan and sister Kavya along with other MSSI Staff.
A Training Session on the Importance of Physiotherapy in Multiple Sclerosis Rehabilitation was conducted by Dr. Jasmine Anandabai, Principal and Associate Professor Jyotirao Phule Subharti College of Physiotherapy, Swami Vivekananda Subharti University, Meerut. She is the former HoD, Rehabilitation at Rajiv Gandhi Cancer Research Centre-Delhi, Fortis Hospital, NOIDA & Sir Gangaram Hospital, New Delhi. This very valuable workshop is conducted twice a year as training for our newly inducted PTs & OTs and works as a refresher as well as an open forum for our regular PTs/OTs. The session is conducted in the comfort of our office along with lunch & refreshment breaks. Project head Bipasha Gupta, Mridula Murgai & staff also attended the session. 17 participants from our Home Physio team also took part in the workshop.