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  • As part of efforts to bring about more awareness of lupus, a disease which affects Jamaicans of all ages, the Lupus Foundation of Jamaica opened its new office and learning centre in New Kingston on May 10.
  • For his part, Consultant Rheumatologist, Dr. Karel De Ceulaer, said the venue “is a great place where we can educate, mingle and learn from each other.”
  • Lupus is a chronic, autoimmune disease that can damage any part of the body. The most common symptoms are painful or swollen joints (arthritis), muscle pain, unexplained fever, extreme fatigue and kidney problems.

As part of efforts to bring about more awareness of lupus, a disease which affects Jamaicans of  all ages, the Lupus Foundation of Jamaica opened its new office and learning centre in New Kingston on May 10.

Persons suffering from the disease can visit the centre, as well as their families, to get information concerning this chronic condition.

President of the Foundation, Dr. Stacy Davis, said the organisation seeks to create and foster relationships with companies and people who will assist in the fight against lupus.

“We salute all those who have contributed to the growth and development of the Lupus Foundation of Jamaica over the years, and appeal for partnerships that will strengthen and promote the expansion of services that the Foundation can offer in the future,” she added.

For his part, Consultant Rheumatologist, Dr. Karel De Ceulaer, said the venue “is a great place where we can educate, mingle and learn from each other.”

This chronic illness affects all races, socio-economic groups and age groups. Ninety percent of those with the disease are women, and its onset often occurs between the ages of 16 and 36.

Lupus is a chronic, autoimmune disease that can damage any part of the body. The most common symptoms are painful or swollen joints (arthritis), muscle pain, unexplained fever, extreme fatigue and kidney problems.

A characteristic skin rash, commonly called the butterfly or malar rash may also appear across the nose and cheeks.

For more information on the Foundation, persons can call (876) 754-8458 or visit its website at: www.lupusfoundationjamaica.org.

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