IPOH-BASED Perak Parkinson’s Association (PPA) will send between 30 and 40 people to the World Parkinson Congress (WPC) to be held at Portland, Oregon in the US in September.
Apart from its members, the association will also be sending local medical professionals to the WPC, as it looks to build and extend its network with fellow health professionals and Parkinson’s patients.
Association President Samuel Ng said local medical practitioners have shown keen interests to further their engagement with PPA and to increase their knowledge to treat the disease.
“I believe the WPC will be an important step forward to help physicians, rehabilitation experts and our members to interact with fellow professionals and get first-hand information on topics such as diagnosis, treatment, living with and researching Parkinson’s.
“Equipped with knowledge, I’m confident participants will be better able to assist the Parkinson’s community in Perak as well as Malaysia,” he said.
“With the help from international experts, PPA can further promote greater awareness and education on the latest medical breakthroughs, treatments and research for Parkinson’s,” he added.
The WPC, which is held triennially, would see over 3,500 people from 65 countries gathering to learn about cutting-edge science, clinical research and comprehensive care for Parkinson’s from health professionals, researchers, and advocates.
PPA also received RM100,000 donation from Chemical Company of Malaysia Bhd to attend the congress.
CCM Group Managing Director Leonard Ariff Abdul Shatar said the company is proud to be supporting PPA and believes strongly in its mission.
“They are leading the fight against Parkinson’s by creating links with global experts and opening up opportunities for our medical fraternity to gain greater insight and understanding on the disease.
“While a cure for Parkinson’s has yet to be found, efforts by PPA to increase awareness, accessibility of treatment and timely diagnosis are commendable and important to improve the quality of life of Parkinson’s patients in Malaysia,” he said.
“We want to play an active role to support PPA and in doing so, assists over 20,000 sufferers in Malaysia,” he added.