The celebrated Lebanese singer, Magida El Roumi, made her debut appearance as the new Patron of the Lebanese Osteoporosis Prevention Society and of the Bone & Joint Decade (Lebanon) at a large press conference at Beirut’s Phoenicia Hotel on the 31st October, following a week-long campaign of television interviews by various members of LOPS committee on the occasion of World Osteoporosis Day.
In her acceptance speech, Magida said, ‘While pursuing our dreams and hopes,
we tend to forget the importance of our bones, and we end up wearing them out - we realize only when it is too late that we didn’t take care of them. This is why I am participating in this campaign, to shed light on this truth, because if we are aware we can avoid this terrible disease and thereby avoid misery, sadness and a poor quality of life.’
Speeches were also made by Prof. Yasser Yaghi, Chairman of the BJD in Lebanon, Prof. Socrates Papapoulos of Leiden Univ. Medical Center (Neth.), Prof. Ghassan Maalouf, Pres. of LOPS and IOF M.E. Rep. and LOPS’ Lydia Maamarbachi and a film was shown giving a brief account of the 12 Years of Achievements in Osteoporosis Advocacy in the Middle East and North Africa.