The National Neurosciences Centre (NNC) is slated to open a 24-hours primary stroke care centre and to launch an awareness campaign on World Stroke Day on 29 October.
NNC, a charitable organisation, which provides latest neurological and neurosurgical treatment at affordable cost is to open the primary stroke care centre with 24-hour ambulance service, CT Scan, MRI and blood tests. Doctors will be available round the clock to see patients.
To generate awareness on stroke, the organisation has come up with a unique campaign - FAST.
Dr Gour Das, secretary of NNC said that ‘FAST’ is an abbreviation to signify the symptoms of brain stroke. Disfunction and deformity in ‘Face’, ‘Arms’and ‘Speech’ are the best indicators to identify a stroke. ‘Time’ is another important factor to save people who have suffered a stroke, he added.
“We are going to organise an awareness campaign on World Stroke Day, i.e 29 October as a high percentage of death is caused due to lack of awareness,” said Dr Das. In India, about 20 lakh people suffer stroke every year and approximately 40 per cent is fatal or life threatening, said Dr Das.
“One of the most important reasons for this high percentage of disability and death is due to delay in the initiation of treatment. The most common type of stroke, called Ischemic stroke, is due to clotting of blood in the veins or arteries of brain and this can be fully cured if anti-clotting drugs could be administered within 3-4 hours of a brain stroke,” said Dr Das. He also said that people need to be more aware about the symptoms and seek medical attention that are available. “We are also organising awareness programmes for common people to ensure that patients with symptoms of stroke can be brought to hospital within four hours. We are fully equipped for ‘Thrombolysis’ treatment of stroke under the leadership of Dr TK Banerjee,” he said.
Doctors will be available round the clock to see patients.