Lupus Awareness Walkthon
Lupus Awareness Walkathon was held to create awareness on Lupus on Sunday 15th May, 2022.
The event was organised by a young medical student Dr.Priyamvada Mady of the 2016 MBBS batch of KIMS college who has been diagnosed with Lupus.
Lupus is a silent and deadly disease affecting mostly women in the age group of 15 -45 years. Upto 90% of those afflicted with Lupus are women.
It’s an inflammatory disease caused when the immune system attacks its own healthy tissues.
It affects joints, skin, kidneys, blood cells, brain, heart & lungs. Early diagnosis can prevent such organ failure. It is said that there are more than 1 million cases of Lupus per year in India.
Symptoms can include fatigue, joint pain, rashes and fever. These can periodically get worse and has the ability to degenerate a patient.
The walkathon was organised from Lalbagh to spread awareness about it among Bengaluru citizens.
Today’s walkathon was brought together by Dr Priyamvada Mady, who has been diagnosed with Lupus.
She says Lupus is a silent killer and requires early identification. This walk is an awarensss on Lupus among citizens, doctors, especially women, she said.
May is also Lupus Awareness Month.
The Lupus walkathon was flagged off by Mr Vikram Vishwanath, honorary Consul General for Peru in Bangalore along with Dr Dharmanand, President of The Indian Rheumatology Association (IRA) and Dr Mahendran.
Vachasamrita, the co-founder of Lupus Trust India said awareness among the disease is very low.
The 1-km walkathon, was attended by over 100 participants.
This event was supported by SIMSA (South Indian Medical Student Association Volunteers), Indian Rheumatology Association, BPRL & Naipunya Foundation.