Gozo event held on help and advice for rheumatic disorders

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Gozo event held on help and advice for rheumatic disordersThe Don’t Delay, Connect Today campaign arrived in Gozo last week in an educational event held at the Ministry for Gozo for World Arthritis Day.

The activities for this campaign, which have also taken place in Malta, were organised by the Arthritis and Rheumatism Association in Malta (ARAM) in coordination with the Malta College of Family doctors, the Malta Rheumatologist Association, Malta Health Network and Malta Health Allied Professionals.

ARAM said that the aims of the campaign are to empower family doctors to ask for symptoms and listen to patients’ complaints in relation to rheumatic disorders, they need to evaluate all the early clinical signs and symptoms to pick the right patient for early referral.

Events are being organised on TV and radio health programmes and road shows in the villages of Malta to create awareness among the general public and patients about the importance of early referral to the doctors on rheumatic diseases.

Present for the event were the Minister for Gozo Dr Justyne Caruana, Mrs Mary Vella President of the ARAM Committee, Ms Sina Bugeja CEO Special Projects Ministry for Health, Andrew Cassar Physiotherapist. and Dr John Paul Caruana Galizia Rheumatologist.

During the event Andrew Cassar explained and demonstrated the means with which physiotherapy can help those who experience such chronic disorders, which included audience participation for the exercises.

Photos: MGOZ/Terry Camilleri

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