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Doctors Will Visit School To Spread Epilepsy Awareness

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Times of India
29 October 2010
Mumbai, India

Catch them young and instil them with awareness.
This is the motto adopted by doctors working in the field of epilepsy–a neurological disorder characterized by loss of consciousness and convulsions–who have decided to reach out to the youth and spread awareness in a bid to do away with the stigma attached to the condition.

On October 30, the Indian Epilepsy Association will begin its an awareness programme for schools and schoolchildren as part of the National Epilepsy Day, which will be observed on November 17. “There is a lot of stigma and myths attached to epilepsy.

Very few still realize that the disorder can, in most cases, be completely kept under control with medication,’’ said Dr Pravina Shah, who heads the E–cell or the Indian Epilepsy Association’s Mumbai unit. Tagged the ESTAR (Students & Teachers Awareness Rollout) programme, the association will hold discussions with students and will also screen a 12–minute film, spreading the message about the disorder.

As part of its campaign, the E–cell is going from school to school, for the talks and sensitization programme. “We have selected Std VIII for the drive as students in that class are of the right age to sympathize with the cause and carry forward the message,’’ said Carol D’Souza, E–cell counsellor who will conduct E–STAR (Students & Teachers Awareness Rollout) programme.

At the end of three months, the E–cell will also hold an essay competition for children. “In future, when these children encounter someone having fits or convulsions, they will not react with shock but will be able to help and act responsibly,’’ said Shah.

Med Facts
  • EPILEPSY is a brain disorder that can be kept under control with medication
  • One in every 100 persons suffers from epilepsy
  • Epilepsy manifests in many forms, such as convulsive movements of the limbs and face with loss of consciousness, short lapses of attention and abrupt jerks of the entire body
  • Injury to brain, brain infection, reduced flow of blood to brain or tumours within and around brain may give rise to epilepsy

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