Leo Pharma Asia’s Top Executive to join National Psoriasis Week
Ricky Teo, a top ranking executive of LEO Pharma-Asia will grace this year’s celebration of the National Psoriasis Awareness Week at the Kaban ng Hiyas of the Mandaluyong City Hall.
annual event, a testament to the importance of the Presidential Proclamation
No. 179 declaring every last week of October as the National Psoriasis Week,
will carry the global theme “Put
Psoriasis on The Agenda Now” for this year’s celebration.
|Photo from Asian Psorclub Group|
Despite his hectic schedule, Teo, Leo Pharma-Asia’s Area Director for South Asia, will join the national events as a show of support for the region. Teo is responsible for Leo Pharma’s markets in the Philippines, Malaysia, Thailand, Taiwan, Singapore, Hongkong, Vietnam, Indonesia, and Sri Lanka.
Teo will discuss the topic on the stigma of psoriasis on why a great number living with it take their own lives to escape the suffering that it entails and why is this the only solution they see. He will also post the question why in a world where beautiful and clear skin is the benchmark of beauty, psoriasis patients are being treated negatively because of their inflamed, thick red scaly lesions found in their skin.
Most people think that the physical symptoms of psoriasis patients are contagious and people tend to ostracize patients with psoriasis. These instances lower the self-esteem of the patients and they shy away from the public, hiding from the judging eyes of the outside world. They hide at their homes and most patients fall in to depression.
About 30% of Psoriasis patients develop painful and debilitating psoriatic Arthritis. Their quality of life is lessened and can’t do some of the simple things that most people take for granted in their daily lives. Recent global studies also show that psoriasis patients are at higher risk of developing other co-morbid conditions such as: hypertension, diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, Crohn’s Disease, and other chronic conditions.
Psoriasis Philippines, along with Leo Pharma and Teo, advocates for the Filipinos with psoriasis who are estimated to be between 1 to 2 milllion. Every year Psorphil celebrates World Psoriasis Day together with 64 other countries.
This year's Psoriasis awareness week is also supported by Pfizer Phils, Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Galderma Phils. and Pascual Laboratories.