Epilepsy: A Problem hardly talked about!
It is estimated that there are roughly about 10 million people suffering from Epilepsy in India, with 2.73 million of them being Women. Further, 52% of them are in the reproductive (15-49 years) age group. What is even more alarming is that many people with active epilepsy do not receive appropriate treatment, which leads to a large treatment gap. The lack of knowledge of anti-epileptic drugs, cultural and social beliefs and stigma, poverty, poor health infrastructure, and a shortage of trained professionals contribute to the treatment gap in the country.
Epilepsy or seizure disorder, as it is referred to sometimes, is a chronic brain disorder characterized by recurring unprovoked seizures caused due to abnormal brain cell activity. These seizures then have cognitive, neurobiological and psychological consequences. These epileptic seizures cause a temporary disruption of sensory, motor and psychological function and can cause other health related complications. Epilepsy is one of the most common neurological disorders and affects people of all ages.
National Epilepsy Day will be observed on 17th November 2018 to spread awareness of this dreaded disease. The objective of this day is to make people aware and realize that it’s a curable disease is identified and recognized at the onset.
National Epilepsy day was founded by The Epilepsy Foundation to educate people about its symptoms, the need for better care and improved treatment. The cause of most cases of epilepsy is still unknown, and some of the reasons have been listed as brain injury, brain tumors, stroke, infections of the brain, and congenital disabilities. Hence, there is a need for significant investment in the research of the disease, in order to provide better care and save lives. Although most cases of Epilepsy are not preventable, they can usually be treated and controlled with the timely diagnosis.
How to celebrate National Epilepsy Day?
It’s very simple!
Try and get to know about Epilepsy, its symptoms, and the treatments. Ask people who are suffering from this disease to talk about it without inhibitions. And then with the knowledge, you can raise awareness on social media platforms about this controllable illness and let them know about epilepsy better. Share your opinions and thoughts about epilepsy on the social media using the hashtag #EpilepsyDay.
It’s a step that all of us can and should take to free our country from the clutches of Epilepsy.