Udupi : A Vitiligo awareness campaign is being held at Manipal and Udupi regions on Saturday, July 15.
Addressing to media persons at Udupi Press club, Dr. Sathish Pai Dermatologist of KMC, Manipal said that Vitiligo is a non life threatening skin-related problem which leaves white patches on the skin.
Vitiligo is a skin condition, which does not cause any symptoms like itchiness or pain to the patient. It occurs due to lack of melanocytes (skin color producing cells). Even though it is primarily a disease of lack of skin color, it can cause anxiety and depression to the patient. Vitiligo is a non-contagious skin problem and is not spread by touch or sharing of objects.
He said that the Karnataka branch of Indian association of Dermatologists, Venereologists and Leprologists (IADVL) which observed the World Vitiligo Day on June 25, started a Vitiligo information awareness campaign in which a vehicle (Vitiligo Ratha) would travel across all districts of Karnataka to raise awareness and eliminate any myths or disinformation among general public about Vitiligo.
The Vitiligo awareness programme commenced on June 25 at 10.30 am as part of the social service IADVL-Karnataka. Dr Mysore Venkataram, Dermatologist inaugurated the programme from the Town Hall, Bengaluru and gave a green signal for the information drive with Vitiligo Ratha, he said.
This Ratha will provide information on Vitiligo including what are the reasons for occurrence? Who can be affected? How does the skin appear?
Advanced treatment modalities for Vitiligo, Truths and Myths about Vitiligo as well as other information on vitiligo will be provided to the general public.
The Ratha will proceed from Udupi to Mangaluru. KMC Dermatologists will be present during the campaign and general public can interact with them.
Dr. A. Rao and Dr. Subash were present during the press meet.