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Jan 8, 2009

Ganga Planned Walkathon

Ganga Hospital here has planned a walkathon for January 10 to spread awareness on arthritis and to dispel myths surrounding joint replacement surgery. Actor Sivakumar will flag off the walkathon in which people who had undergone knee joint replacement surgery and family members will take part, Director and Head of the Department of Orthopaedics and Spine Surgery at the hospital S. Rajasekaran told presspersons on Wednesday. The general public who wanted to be part of this sensitisation effort could also take part, he said. The 1.2 km walkathon from Bharathi Park to the hospital would be followed by a talk by the actor on the importance of being independent during old age.


Explaining the reason behind such a topic, the surgeon said people with fourth stage arthritis had to be carried around. Awareness was vital for the elderly to ensure they were not dependent on others for mobility. The third component of the awareness creation effort would be an interaction between persons who had undergone knee joint replacement surgery and arthritis patients who were hesitant in undergoing it.“Many people put off the surgery assuming that it is costly or that the life of the artificial joint is short,” Dr. Rajasekaran said.

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