Madhur Tankha

NEW DELHI: To commemorate World Multiple Sclerosis Day, Multiple Sclerosis Society of India and Select Citywalk are hosting an event at MAC Atrium and Plaza in Saket here this Wednesday. A human chain will be formed to create awareness about this debilitating disease.

The event is being celebrated to let Delhiites know about the existence of MS Society, a support group working with people affected by the disease.

To encourage people from all walks of life to extend support by joining the chain, MS Society has roped in celebrities from cricket, films, performing arts, its MS patients and care givers to form a human chain. The guest of honour will be actor Roshan Seth. Other celebrities include designer Jatin Kocher, social activist Nafisa Ali, cricketer Saba Karim and Kathak danseuse Shovana Narayan.

“We would like Delhiites to be a part World MS Day and support two million people afflicted with MS worldwide. Celebrities including former cricketer Kapil Dev have been invited because we want to create a little buzz. It is important for the public to comprehend that people suffering from MS have complex needs and are not being adequately met anywhere in the world,” said MS Society executive member Renuka Malaker, who is also care giver of her husband afflicted with MS.

Describing MS as a disease of the central nervous system that leaves young lives shattered, Ms. Malaker said it was a degenerative disease that can render young people differently-abled, unemployable or otherwise destitute. “The most challenging issues affecting people with MS include inadequate access to information and public education, negligent social support and health insurance and limited availability of disease modifying treatments.”

Stating that MS was one of the most common disabling neurological conditions among young adults, Ms. Malaker informed that symptoms vary widely and include blurred vision, weak limbs, pain, bladder disturbance, unsteadiness and fatigue.

As MSSI is celebrating its silver jubilee year of existence, there will also be a musical performance by a 100-piece Territorial Army Symphony Orchestra.