All India Institute of Medical Sciences Department of Neurology on Saturday held a public awareness programme on Parkinson’s disease here to mark World Parkinson’s Day.
The annual event was attended by over 100 people including patients with Parkinson's disease, their caregivers, and the general public.
Dr. M Srinivas, Director AIIMS, and Dr. M V Padma Srivastava, Chief of Neurosciences Center and Head of the Department of Neurology, addressed the audience highlighting the work done at the institute in the field of Parkinson’s disease, a statement said.
AIIMS has one of the earliest established movement disorder clinics in the country and extensive experience with comprehensive management of PD including a dedicated deep brain simulation clinic, it said.
Dr. Achal Srivastava, professor of Neurology, educated the audience about the signs and symptoms of Parkinson’s disease. Although predominantly a disorder affecting movement, the importance of non-motor symptoms such as depression, loss of smell, and sleep disturbances was highlighted, the statement said.
Dr. Roopa Rajan, associate professor of Neurology, discussed the treatment options for Parkinson’s disease including medications and advanced therapies such as deep brain stimulation and apomorphine infusion, it said.
The event was marked by the release of the book “My Friendship with Parkinson’s” authored by Dr. Col Anil Kakkar.
World Parkinson’s Day is observed on April 11.