Mumbai-based PD Hinduja Hospital and Medical Research Centre today organised a one-day free epilepsy check-up camp attended by 39 children suffering from complex epilepsy.
Epilepsy is a chronic disorder characterized by recurrent and unprovoked seizures that last for 60-90 seconds.
It occurs differently in every child and needs an accurate diagnosis as it can lead to multiple disabilities in learning difficulties along with emotional and behavioural problems.
Some children with epilepsy may even suffer from other issues like Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD), autism, sleep disorders, behavioural disorders or poor performance in school.
Seizures can be controlled with medication, diet, devices, and (in some case) surgery.
The move, the hospital said, was to create awareness about epilepsy, its causes, symptoms and latest advancements in treatment.
Vrajesh Udani, Consultant Paediatric Neurologist said: “Earlier, epilepsy was treated using a few drugs available in the market. With advancement in technology, today epilepsy can also be cured with the help of surgery.”
World Health Organisation (WHO) estimates that there may be about 6-12 million people living with epilepsy in India.
Neelu Desai, Consultant Paediatric Neurologist said, “Epilepsy is a serious problem in India with high prevalence among children. The major challenge in the effective management of epilepsy in our country is a delayed diagnosis.”