MUSCAT Experts answered questions of patients on the sidelines of the forum on multiple sclerosis organised by the Neurology Association of Oman Medical Association.
Dr Jaber Al Khabouri, senior consultant of neurology at Royal Hospital, who gave a presentation on global experience of the disease, answered questions on the disease, its symptoms, and methods of diagnosis and treatment.
Speaking on the prevalence of the condition in GCC countries, he said Kuwait recorded the highest number of multiple sclerosis patients at more than 1,200. The Sultanate has 150-170 cases recorded by SQU hospital and Royal hospital. Statistics show that more women than men suffer from multiple sclerosis.
One of the patients, Saba, who has been suffering from multiple sclerosis for the past 12 years, narrated her experience of living with the disease, which has no known cure. She exuded optimism and spoke with a smile as she narrated her story.
Mohamed Al Rahbi and Namiq Al Balushi called for forming teams and groups on social networking websites to discuss about the disease.
They also called for creating an association to spread awareness on multiple sclerosis and to interact with patients and support to help them to deal with the disease.