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World Stroke Day 2020
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KARACHI: Everyday around 1000 people have large and minor strokes in Pakistan, of which 400 die on the same day while around 200 or 250 become disabled for life. In addition to conventional risk factors of the stroke, COVID-19 has emerged as another serious risk factor for stroke and it has increased the ratio of stroke to 100 percent all over the World, and people having diabetes, hypertension and using tobacco are more at the risk of having strokes when they contract Corona virus infection. This was stated by Dr. Muhammad Wasey, President Neurology Awareness and Research Foundation (NARF) while addressing a press conference at Karachi press Club along with Dr. Abdul Malik, Vice President PSS, Dr. Ravi Shankar General Secretary PSS and Dr. Bashir Soomro on World Stroke Day on October 29, 2020.

Prof. Dr. Muhammad Wasey further said that in addition to launching national and provincial stroke prevention programs, there is an urgent need to have a national stroke treatment center and research institute. Both the stroke and cardiovascular diseases have some risked factors and like heart attacks, brain attacks are also on the rise and killing hundreds of people on daily basis. A recent study conducted in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa revealed that 1200 out of 100,000 people are having stroke in Pakistan, which indicates five time increase in the incidence of stroke in the country.

Dr. Ravi Shankar said stroke is an emergency and life of a person can be saved and prevented from disability if he or she is taken to a stroke unit within three to four hours after having symptoms of stroke. "Dr. Abdul Malik, said that we are holding awareness and training activities all over the country in connection with World Stroke Day 2020, which is observed on October 29th every year. (PR)

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