World Vitiligo Day: Sassoon Hospital spreads awareness through a walkathon

Vitiligo is an autoimmune condition that often causes skin pigmentation. Discrimination and social stigma are often attached to it. In order to dispel myths surrounding it, Sassoon General Hospital (SGH), Pune, for the first time has organised a walkathon and awareness lectures on the occasion of World Vitiligo Day on Monday

World Vitiligo Day: Sassoon Hospital spreads awareness through walkathon
Image use for representational purposes only Image Source: Google

Vitiligo is a genetic condition with the most visible manifestation. While it does not cause any major physical harm, it causes a lot of psychological stress. The condition is stigmatised and has many myths surround it. Experts say that a lot needs to be done to sensitise people about this condition.

“Vitiligo – educating the mind and the heart” was the theme of World Vitiligo Day 2018 which was observed with enthusiasm by the Department of Dermatology, B.J. Government Medical College and Sassoon General Hospital, Pune in collaboration with IADVL, Pune Branch and Shweta association, Pune.

Various events like walkathon/rally, poster and rangoli competition were organised under the guidance of Dean Dr Ajay Chandanwale.

Medical and nursing students, along with staff were amongst those who participated in the walkathon rally holding placards and banners.

The messages on the banners explained myths and facts associated with vitiligo. The aim was to make it clear that vitiligo is a non-contagious whitish discoloration of skin and not a disease.

Dr Shekhar Pradhan, Head of Skin Department, SGH, said, “It is not a disease. But people having this have a lot of emotional burden. Many a times, problems do occur when it comes to marriage. Many treatments like tropical creams, steroids, photo therapy unit and some surgical modalities are available. People should consult a skin specialist. Medical science progressed on new methods for treatment; the visible patches caused by the condition can be treated.”