Arthritis brings so much pain that this is something that only the people suffering from this painful disease realize. Arthritis causes stiffness, swelling and pain in or around joints and is a recurring disorder which affects around 14 million people in Pakistan. Out of the affected people, 50% are above 71 years.
Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic inflammatory condition. Rheumatoid arthritis symptoms develop gradually and may include joint pain, stiffness, and swelling. The condition can affect many tissues throughout the body, but the joints are usually most severely affected. The cause of rheumatoid arthritis is unknown.
Worldwide, the annual incidence of RA is approximately 3 cases per 10,000 populations, and the prevalence rate is approximately 1%, increasing with age and peaking between the ages of 35 and 50 years.
In the urban population of southern Pakistan, Karachi, the prevalence of RA is reported to be 0.142%, whereas in northern Pakistan the estimated prevalence is 0.55%.
The specific cause of rheumatoid arthritis is not known. Researchers suspect that two types of factors affect a person's risk: susceptibility factors and initiating factors.
Rheumatoid arthritis most likely occurs when a susceptible person is exposed to factors that start the inflammatory process. Approximately 1 in every 100 individuals has rheumatoid arthritis.
Gender, heredity, and genes largely determine a person's risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis.
The cause of Rheumatoid Arthritis is not known exactly. Even though infectious agents such as viruses, bacteria, and fungi have been suspected as cause but not proved authentically. It is believed that the tendency to develop the disease may be genetically inherited. It is also suspected that certain infections or factors in the environment trigger the activation of immune system in susceptible individuals. This misdirected immune system then attacks the body’s own tissues and causes the disease.
Currently, due to COVID19, a lot of patients were being not treated in order to avoid contact with Corona Virus. As a result of which the number of patients who require free treatment has risen and the resources at Fatima Memorial Hospital are scarce. This has made it very hard to cater to the patient population which is ratcheting up. The patients flow has increased and there is huge number of patients needing urgent treatment. Keeping in view the above facts, we request our altruistic donors to support us in our cause of making Pakistan free from Arthritis!
With COVID19 pandemic increasing in huge numbers, all our resources are being diverted in attending those patients. During these challenging times, we need more support from our donors so that these arthritis patients can also receive medical assistance.
We look forward to your ever increased support.