NIHR conducts an Awareness Marathon for Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Patients

06 Nov 2017

On the occasion of the 8th anniversary of its establishment, the National Institution for Human Rights (NIHR), in cooperation with the Bahrain Multiple Sclerosis Patients Society, organized the “MS Marathon” at its headquarters in Seef district, with the participation of all NIHR employees and partners, in addition to the members of the Bahrain Multiple Sclerosis Patients Society, Live to Give Society, YouthTech Society and great collection.

Before the Marathon began, Dr. Isa Al-Shorouki, Consultant of Brain and Neurological Diseases at the Salmaniya Medical Complex, gave an awareness lecture on MS disease, highlighting the importance of introducing this disease, how to live with it and how to alleviate its symptoms, as well as the complications and relapses that might be faced by the patient and how to deal with them.

In this context, Mrs. Nahla Abulfath, President of the Bahrain MS Patients Society, expressed her thanks and appreciation to the NIHR for its efforts to support the programs and projects of national organizations and its activities to achieve common development goals, particularly with regard to the promotion of patients’ rights.

For his part, Dr. Khalifa bin Ali al-Fadel, NIHR’s Secretary-General, praised the efforts of the awareness-raising society in the public interest of the homeland and the citizen.  He expressed his appreciation for the services offered to patients with multiple sclerosis and the follow-up and support for the patients to achieve the goals of the Society, stressing the importance of supporting patients with multiple sclerosis, being a category that constitutes a significant number of citizens.

It is worth mentioning that the multiple sclerosis (MS) disease is a neurological disorders that causes disability in young people and adults, especially women, which affects the central nervous system that is composed of brain and spinal cord.  It is a myelin-removing inflammatory disease, which is a fatty substance that covers and protects the nerves and helps to speed up the delivery of nerve signals from the brain to the parts of the body, which helps to move the body normally.  This impedes the movement of nerve signals and causes inflammation, which leads to visual problems, loss of balance, inconsistent movement, difficulty in speech and fatigue.  There are about 2.3 million people from around the world that are infected with MS disease.