‘Walk For Smile’, a one-and-half kilometer walkathon competition for senior citizens suffering from arthritis will be held on 8th May with more than 100 citizens participating in the same.
Organised by Goa Medical College (GMC), the event will start from the Entertainment Society of Goa to Hotel Mandovi, Panjim.
Addressing media persons, GMC’s Senior Orthopaedic Surgeon Dr Shivanand Bandekar said ‘Walk for Smile’, aims at making Goans aware that free treatment for arthritis is available at GMC.
Pointing out that more than 100 arthritis patients out of 900 operated for joint replacement have come forward to participate in the walkathon, he said they want to find out whether the knees really work or not after surgery.
Bandekar informed the youngest participant participating is a 28-year-old married woman whose both legs were replanted and the oldest is an 87-year-old man, a toddy tapper from South Goa.
Explaining what is arthritis, Bandekar said swelling in joints, joint pain and difficulty in walking are the main symptoms of arthritis. He also advised patients to exercise regularly for strengthening the muscles.
Free treatment to arthritis patients is a unique initiative by the state-run GMC; he said and urged the people of Goa to avail of this benefit.