The event was attended by epilepsy patients and others. Epilepsy is a chronic disorder, the hallmark of which is recurrent, unprovoked seizure. A person is diagnosed with epilepsy if they have two unprovoked seizures (or one unprovoked seizure with the likelihood of more) that were not caused by some known and reversible medical condition like alcohol withdrawal or extremely low blood sugar.
Anyone can develop epilepsy. Epilepsy affects both males and females of all races, ethnic backgrounds and ages.
In order to mark National Epilepsy Day, several events were organised by the Epilepsy Foundation at Bombay Hospital. Apart from fun activities for kids, lectures were also held to raise awareness about the condition.
According to medical experts, there is still a lack of awareness about epilepsy in society.
While speaking to My Medical Mantra, Dr Nirmal Surya, the founder trustee and chairman of Epilepsy Foundation, and a renowned name in the awareness world for neuro rehabilitation, said, “There is still a lack of awareness about epilepsy in society. Myths related to epilepsy still prevail in society. We organised this programme to raise awareness about this disorder.”
He added, “Taking epilepsy medicines regularly and on time can help control the condition. An example of this are the people who helped me host and organise this programme, all of them are epilepsy patients. Lectures on myths and facts, how to manage epilepsy were held. A book from the Epilepsy Foundation was also launched at the event.”