JEDDAH – King Abdul Aziz Medical City on Thursday organized a program in connection with the third Multiple Sclerosis Day at the Movenpick Hotel.
As many as 300 local neurologists and a large number of patients attended the event, which focused on recent studies and treatment of multiple sclerosis (MS).
Dr. Hussein Al-Gahtani, a consultant neurologist and professor at King Khalid National Guard Hospital in Jeddah, said that around 100 people were reportedly affected by multiple sclerosis in Jeddah alone. He explained that the disease was a chronic inflammation that affected the central nervous system. Al-Gahtani admitted difficulties in finding an appropriate cure for the disease.
However, he said that after six months, new and more effective drugs would be made available here. Amal Abdul-Rahman, director of the children’s program project who formerly suffered from multiple sclerosis, also spoke. She has designed a website which encourages coordination between MS patients. Statistics show that multiple sclerosis has spread in the Arab countries including the Kingdom. – SG
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