Parkinson's Disease: An Upcoming Health Crisis in Pakistan


by Iqra Zafar

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According to recent statistics, nearly 10 million people suffer from Parkinson’s disease globally and 1 million of these cases are in Pakistan.

People who suffer from Parkinson’s disease are likely to suffer problems performing simple tasks such as walking, running, swallowing etc. Parkinson’s disease has many symptoms the most common including tremors, stiffness and rigidity, imbalance and slowness of movement. 

“Parkinson disease is progressive, the symptoms become more severe over time”, explained Dr Mughis Sheerani, Consultant Neurologist, AKUH.

Parkinson’s disease is a progressive disorder of the nervous system that is affecting a large number of the population. The condition affects the nervous system and can get worse over time. From your genetics to environmental conditions, many things affect our chances of developing Parkinson’s disease.

Parkinson’s disease treatment combines physical exercise and therapy. Stress management, dietary intervention and medication etc. to manage the condition effectively and help people live well with the condition. The number of Parkinson’s disease sufferers is increasing day by day. There is a dire need for scientific research in this regard alongside creating awareness. Every year April is celebrated as Parkinson’s disease awareness month to help understand the condition and take preventive measures to minimize their chances of being affected.


“Lack of awareness about Parkinson’s disease may result in the disease becoming a major healthcare challenge in the near future,” said Prof Hashmi, a consultant neurosurgeon and former head of the Neurosurgery Department, Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Center, at a public awareness seminar, which was held at the Neurospinal & Cancer Care Postgraduate Institute, Karachi, on Friday to mark World Parkinson’s Awareness Month.

Pakistan has 1 million cases of Parkinson’s disease and these cases continuously grow over time. More efforts are required in terms of Parkinson's disease awareness to promote a healthy disease-free community.