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Pfizer supports walk to create awareness on “World Arthritis Day”

Pfizer Pakistan Limited, October12, 2014: Pfizer Pakistan supported a walk engaging leading healthcare professionals in Lahore to celebrate “World Arthritis Day” and raise awareness amongst the public about this disease. The aim is for the society to understand arthritis and its complications better and communicate the management of this disease.

World Arthritis Day was established in 1996 by Arthritis and Rheumatism International (ARI) and is celebrated each year on October12. World Arthritis Day aims to raise awareness of the condition and make sure that sufferer and caregivers know all the support and help that is available to them.

Prof Dr. Tafazzul H. Mahmud Head Department of Rheumatology & Immunology, Shaikh Zayed Hospital Lahore, who was leading the walk, said “Arthritis is not a disease in itself but a manifestation. Therefore, if someone has joint pain it is imperative that the underlying disease should be diagnosed and treated accordingly. Inflammatory types of Arthritis such as rheumatoid arthritis can now be treated successfully and for this proper, regular treatment by a qualified rheumatologist is important. Joint pains and rheumatic diseases are as common in Pakistan as elsewhere in the world. Fortunately most of the modern medicines and treatment facilities are now available to prevent the potential disabilities that these diseases may cause.”

On this occasion, Country Manager of Pfizer Pakistan, Dr Farid Khan reiterated the commitment for disease awareness, management and to bring latest therapies to the patients of Pakistan, “Patients suffering from joint pain including arthritis and its rheumatic conditions need to have access to latest advancements in the field of medicine. Pfizer is committed to introduce latest biologic and non-biologic treatments in this field. We hope with the support of the healthcare community, we are able to achieve significant reduction in the disease burden.”

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