0.5m people suffering from dementia disease in Pakistan

September 18, 2014 Off By Web Desk

KARACHI: President Pakistan Society of Neurology and renowned neurologist Prof Mohammad Wasay Shakir on Friday said that although there was no exit data was available about Alzheimer or dementia-reversed memory disease at national level but approximately 0.5 million people were suffering it in Pakistan.

He shared these statistics while addressing a press conference in connection with the World Alzheimer’s Day to be observed on 21st September. Senior neurologist Dr Naila Shahbaz of Dow University of Health Sciences (DUHS) and Dr Sarwar J Siddiqui Dean College of Physicians & Surgeons Pakistan were also present on this occasion.

Prof Wasay said significant numbers of patients suffering from dementia were unaware that had disease. He said experts believed that dementia disease would spread in world like tsunami in 2050 because of rising economic-problems.

He said world adult population would increase in 2045. He said cases of dementia suffering people would cross 66 million in 2030. He informed 70 percent dementia patients reside in poor countries.

He said there was no expert available in Pakistan for dementia patients and doctors were also unaware about the disease due to lack of training and expertise. He said neurologists and psychiatrists were treating the dementia patients due to shortage experts in this field. He said only 180 neurologists were available in country and one neurologist for each one million population.

Dr Sarwar Siddiqui said dementia disease linked to ageing and people above 65 may face reserved memory symptoms. He said disease occurred due to scarcity of vitamin B-12 in human body. He said some people linked dementia disease with age but disease could not be limited with age.

He said people could be prevented from the disease through excessive use of brain, abstaining from tobacco, exercise and healthy life styles.

Dr Naila Shahbaz said some medicines would help minimize the fast loosing memory but these drugs were very costly in country. She suggested that government should give subsidy on these medicines to control the prevalence of disease.

Speakers said Pakistan Society of Neurology is organizing the training workshops for doctors and seminars across the country to create awareness about dementia diseases

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