Pune: Pune Orthopaedic Society (POS) in association with Maharashtra Orthopaedic Society and Sancheti Hospital organised a bike rally on road safety to mark the National Bone and Joint Health Day on Saturday.
The rally was flagged off by DCP (Traffic) Ashok Morale in presence of Dr Parag Sancheti, Chairman of Sancheti Hospital, Dr Mohan Agashe, corporator Reshma Bhosale and POS President Dr Sandeep Patwardhan.
The rally went through JM Road and FC Road and back. A street play was also organised to create awareness about road safety.
Speaking on this occasion, Morale said, “In Pune 350 to 400 people die due to road accidents, including 130 youngsters in the ages of 25 to 30 and of these only a few wear helmets. Four times the number of people who die in road accidents get injured. Here self-discipline is more important. Driving with bluetooth and headphone could put life at risk.” A play was organised to sensitise more people about road safety. The bike rally had 20 to 30 bikes.
Dr Agashe said, “Such rallies play a important role in society because despite the police being vigilant about their work, they cannot prevent accidents. It can be stopped by the driver or the rider by being self-disciplined and following all rules and regulations on the road.”
The problem of bone and joint health is not restricted to ageing population only and so there must be increased awareness among all age groups, said experts at Sancheti Hospital during the event.
Dr Parag Sancheti, Chairman of Sancheti Hospital said, “Bone and joint health has been considered as a disease of ageing population but that is not true. There is an increased prevalence of bone and joint ailments among youths as well. In most of the cases other than accidents if diagnosed early the patients can be treated in short time.”