Pune gets its new epilepsy clinic, to treat economically backwards patients for free

The clinic will be run with a holistic approach towards epilepsy treatment and the hospital authorities say that no patient will go untreated just because he or she could not afford the treatment. The centre has tied up with Anganwadi workers to create awareness about epilepsy treatment in rural areas

Economically patients can avail free treatment at newly launched Epilepsy clinic

Sahyadri hospital has launched comprehensive epilepsy clinic in Pune and the patients who cannot afford to avail of the epilepsy treatment will be treated free of cost at the clinic.

The clinic will be run with a holistic approach towards epilepsy treatment and the hospital authorities say that no patient will go untreated just because he or she could not afford the treatment. The centre has tied up with Anganwadi workers to create awareness about epilepsy treatment in rural areas.

The clinic which was inaugurated on May 30 will have a team of neurologist, epileptologist, paediatric neurologist, epilepsy surgeon, psychiatrist and physiotherapist.

Epilepsy is a neurological disorder marked by sudden recurrent episodes of sensory disturbance, loss of consciousness, or convulsions, associated with abnormal electrical activity in the brain.

Dr Deepa Divekar, Medical Director, Sahyadri Hospital, said, “As per WHO, three out of four in the world with epilepsy do not receive treatment at all, mainly due to economic and social reasons. We will ensure that those who do not afford treatments are not left without any treatment just because they are economically poor. We will also bear the cost of operation which some might not able to afford. We have decided to keep screening free for a month.”

Dr Pradeep Divate, Senior Neurologist at Sahyadri Hospital, said, “Our comprehensive epilepsy program is not restricted to medical recovery, but also encompasses other aspects of cognitive and motor development.”