Annual Report

NATIONAL EPILEPSY DAY 2014 CELEBRATIONS AT TIRUPATI, A.P.

The main aim of our Branch has been to enhance awareness about epilepsy and dispel the myths associated with it among the younger generation and people living in rural areas.
1. As part of the National epilepsy Day 2014 this year we have sponsored THRee persons with epilepsy to take part in the National Competions organized by the epilepsy Foundation of Mumbai in the games of Chess, Carroms and Badminton held on 15th and 16th of November 2014 at Mumbai. Sri P. Saravana who was sponsored for the game of Badminton has been adjudged as the winner and was awarded a Cash Prize during the valedictory function of the foundation held on 16th November 2014.
2. A Survey of Knowledge Assessment on Epilepsy among the students of B.Sc. (Nursing), B.P.T. and Paramedical courses of Sri Venkateswara Institute of Medical Sciences (SVIMS) was conducted during the period 13th to 16th of November 2014. The results of the Survey is being studied by the doctors of the Department of Neurology, SVIMS.
3. A Quiz competition on epilepsy was conducted for the 1st year MBBS students of Sri Padmavathi
Medical College, Tirupati a constituent college of SVIMS and
THRee prizes were awarded to the winners.

4. The 190th monthly camp for persons with epilepsy was held on 16th Novmber 2014. About
330 patients and 120 patient attendants were present.
5. On that day the students of college of Nursing, SVIMS enacted a SKIT bringing out certain normal problems faced by WOMeN with epilepsy and the needed medical measures in the presence of the patients and attendants.
6. An awareness programme with the help of POSTERS was organized for the benefit of Persons with epilepsy and their attendants.
7.AmeetingwasalsoheldwithSriG.Munirathnam, Secretary and Sri S. Venkatarathnam, executive Director of Rastriya Seva Samithi, Tirupati as Guests of honour.
Dr. B. Vengamma, President of the Tirupati Branch of Indian epilepsy Association, outlined the significance of the National Epilepsy Day.
She also reported about the camps being held for the past 190 months where in One Month’s requirement of Medicines are distributed FRee to all the persons with epilepsy who attend the camp. The Guests of Honor were greatly impressed by the service activities of the Tirupati Branch and assured of all help to sustain and improve the activities of the Branch. The local media covered these events in great detail.
IeA Tirupati is grateful to the IeA – 18th IeC Trust for their partial financial assistance to organize this year programmes.

 

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INDIAN EPILEPSY ASSOCIATION , TIRUPATI BRANCH NATIONAL EPILEPSY DAY 2013 CELEBRATIONS AT TIRUPATI, A.P.

The main aim of our Branch has been to enhance awareness about Epilepsy and dispel the myths associated with it among the younger generation and people living in rural areas.


                        As part of the National Epilepsy Day 2013 this year we have arranged for a  Neuroepidemiological Survey in Kotala Village of Chandragiri Mandal, Chittoor District, A.P.


                        A detailed questionnaire with 7 sections was utilized for this purpose which can identify any neurological deficiencies. A total of 506 houses were surveyed and details of 1683 persons were recorded.  M.Sc (Nursing) students of SVIMS college of Nursing were the resource persons.  The survey was conducted during the period 7th to 14th November, 2013.  The details collected will be studied by the faculty of the Department of Neurology, SVIMS in course of time, for further follow-up. 


                        On 12th November, 2013 the students of college of Nursing, SVIMS enacted a SKIT at Kotala Village bringing out certain normal problems faced by persons with Epilepsy and the needed remedimial measures.  The villagers greatly appreciated the messages conveyed through the Skit and the sincere efforts of the students.
                        The 178th monthly camp for persons with Epilepsy was held on 17th November, 2013.  About 350  patients and about 150 patients attendants were present.
                        An awareness programme with the help of posters was organized for the benefit of Persons with Epilepsy and their attendants. 


                        Also as part of the National Epilepsy Day 2013,  the following programmes were arranged on 17th November 2013 for persons with Epilepsy:


1. Singing Competitions 2. Drawing Competitions 3. Indoor Games
                 Prizes and participation certificates were distributed to the winners and participants by Dr B. Vengamma,

President of the Tirupati Branch
                        She also outlined the significance of the National Epilepsy Day and reported about the camps being held for the past 178 months where one month’s requirements of Medicines are distributed FREE to all persons with Epilepsy who attend the Camp. 


The local media covered these events in detail.
                         IEA,Tirupati is  grateful to the IEA – 18th IEC Trust for their partial financial assistance to organize this year programmes.                      

 

                                                                                                   Dr B.VENGAMMA
                                                                                        President,IEA,Tirupati Branch

 

INDIAN EPILEPSY ASSOCIATION, TIRUPATI BRANCH
NATIONAL EPILEPSY DAY, 2012 CELEBRATIONS
AT TIRUPATI , A.P

The main aim of our Branch has been to enhance awareness about Epilepsy and dispel the myths associated with it among general public, especially those living in rural areas.

With this objective in mind, we organized a novel programme of educating Primary and Upper Primary School teachers in and around Tirupati area. It was felt that Teachers can play a vital role in the awareness programme.

This Awareness Programme for the school teachers was organized on 17th November, 2012 at Sri Padmavathi Auditorium of Sri Venkateswara Institute of Medical Sciences (SVIMS), Tirupati between 8.30 AM to 1 PM. About 87 Teachers working in Government school, sponsored by the District Education Officer and Rajiv VIdya Mission, Tirupati participated in the programme.

The programme was inaugurated by Sri G.V. Sreenadha Reddy, Member of the Board of Trustees, Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams who was the Chief Guest. Sri K. Rami Reddy I.A.S (Retd), President of the Friends of SVIMS Society was the Guest of Honour. Dr B. Vengamma, Director of SVIMS and President, Indian Epilepsy Association, Tirupati Branch presided over the deliberations.

The Guest of Honour appreciated the work being done by the local Branch and the Department of Neurology, SVIMS in the service of persons with Epilepsy of this area.

Dr V. Naveen, Dr J. Varadaraja, Dr G.Ramakrishna and Dr B. Vengamma of the Department of Neurology, were the resource persons. Dr M.Rajaguru and Dr J. Vijaya Bhaskar Rao of the Department of Neurology were the moderators.

They discussed the following topics with the aid of Audio Visual Aids:

Introduction, Diagnosis,
Management of Social Aspects
Services available at SVIMS.

There was a lively discussion at the end of the session. The teachers, majority of whom, were not familiar with various aspects of Epilepsy really appreciated the information presented. They felt they are now in a better position to identify young students with Epilepsy and assist them to get proper medical treatment. They also expressed their desire to educate the rural public with the knowledge gained.

The 166th monthly camp for persons with Epilepsy was held on 18th November, 2012 (Third Sunday of the month). About 615 persons with Epilepsy and about 150 patients' attendants were present.

An awareness programme with the help of POSTERS was organized for the benefit of Persons with Epilepsy and their attendants.

Guruji Dr K.Venkatesan, a spiritual leader of Chennai and Sri Prasanth Narayan of Bangalore, an Industrialist of Bangalore were the guests of honor. Dr. B. Vengamma, President of the Tirupati Branch of Indian Epilepsy Association, outlined the significance of the National Epilepsy Day.

She also reported about the camps being held for the past 166 months where in One Month's requirement of Medicines are distributed FREE to all the persons with Epilepsy who attend the camp. The Guests of Honor were greatly impressed by the service activities of the Tirupati Branch and assured of all help to sustain and improve the activities of the Branch.

The students of the College of Nursing, SVIMS, enacted a SKIT bringing out certain normal problems faced by persons with Epilepsy and the needed remedial measures. The audience greatly appreciated the sincere efforts of the students.

The local media covered these events in great detail.

IEA,Tirupati is grateful to the IEA - 18th IEC Trust for their partial financial assistance to organize this year programmes.

Dr B. Vengamma
President
Indian Epilepsy Association,Tirupati Branch















DON/IEA/2012Dt:12th December,2012

To
Dr V.S. Saxena
SANNIDHI, K-10/10,
D.L.F CITY -II,
GURGGAON -122 002.
Ph: 0124 2350035

Sir,
Sub: NED - 2012 Celebrations at Tirupati, A.P - Report and Photos for publications in Epilepsy India News Letter - Reg.

I have great pleasure in enclosing herewith a REPORT and a few photographs taken during the celebrations of NED,2012 at Tirupati for publication in "Epilepsy India" news letter.

A soft copy with photos are being sent through e-mail also for your use.

With Warm Regards

Yours sincerely
Dr B. Vengamma
President
Indian Epilepsy Association, Tirupati Branch

Indian Epilepsy Association
C/O Department of Neurology, SVIMS, Tirupati - 517 507, A.P.

ACTIVITIES REPORT-JULY 2011

  1. The Tirupati Branch was inaugurated on 22nd November, 1997 by Late Dr K.S.Mani.
  2. Our primary aims are to enhance the awareness about Epilepsy among the general public and help persons with Epilepsy.

    A 4 page Pamphlet in Telugu on "Epilepsy - Primary Principles" and a 14 page booklet in Telugu on "Epilepsy - Precautions and Prevention" which were prepared by the branch, are being distributed free of cost to the public and to all persons with Epilepsy

  3. Epilepsy Awareness Programmes - Poster, Video and Lecture Presentations are organised at regular intervals in Tirupati and the surrounding areas.

    Sports and Drawing Competitions for persons with Epilepsy are also arranged regularly

  4. Continuing Medical Education Programmes for doctors:

    These are being arranged regularly. The details are as given below:

    17th Feb 2001: Special Guest Lecture on "Epilepsy Management" by Dr. H. V. Srinivas, Neurologist, Bangalore.

    19th May,2002: Dr.P.Satish Chandra, Professor of Neurology, NIMHANS, Bangalore gave a Guest Lecture on "Past, Present and Future of Anti-Epileptic Drugs"

    15th March 2003 : "Symposium on Epilepsy".About 70 delegates participated in the Symposium. Dr.Pravina U Shah, Mumbai; Dr.H.V.Srinivas, Bangalore; Dr.Krishnamoorthy Srinivas and Dr.E.S.Krishnamoorthy , Chennai were the Guest Faculty

    19th May 2007: Tirupati Branch of in association with Department of Neurology, Sri Venkateswara Institute of Medical Sciences (SVIMS), Tirupati organized a Colloquium on Epilepsy in memory of Late Dr. K. S. Mani.

    The theme of the colloquium was : LIVING WITH EPILEPSY, WE CAN! WE WILL!

    Drs. V.S. Saxena, H.V. Srinivas, P. Satishchnadra and Anuranjan Anand, Praveen U Shah were the distinguished faculty for the colloquium.

  5. EEG WORKSHOP AT TIRUPATI :

    The Department of Neurology, Sri Venkateswara Institute of Medical Sciences (SVIMS), Tirupati, AP, in association with the Indian Epilepsy Association, Tirupati Branch organized an EEG Workshop on November 1st and 2nd, 2008 at SVIMS, Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh.

    The aim of the workshop was to create better awareness and understanding among the medical and para-medical professionals about the time tested diagnostic tool EEG in the light of latest developments in Medical Imaging Techniques.

  6. National Epilepsy Days:

    The Branch has been organizing the National Epilepsy Days regularly by arranging awareness programmes, painting, sports and other cultural programmes.

  7. Special free monthly camps for persons with Epilepsy:

    These are being organised by the Department of Neurology, Sri Venkateswara Institute of Medical Sciences (SVIMS) since February, 1999. These camps are co-sponsored by the Indian Epilepsy Association, Tirupati branch and Friends of SVIMS Society.

    At present an average of about 400 patients are attending these camps every month. Each patient's case history is recorded, evaluated and the patient is given FREE medication for one month. Tests prescribed at these camps are performed at concessional rates at SVIMS.

    Overwhelming majority of the patients (95%) are from the lower strata of the society and rural areas. They cannot afford the prolonged treatment required for Epilepsy.

    Expenditure incurred towards medicines is about Rs. 75,000 for each monthly camp.

    These camps, while alleviating the suffering of poor persons with Epilepsy, are making lot of difference in the lives of majority of the patients.

    So far ONE HUNDRED FIFTY camps were conducted and the total expenditure incurred is about Rs. 93 LAKHS.

    This is made possible with generous contributions from SVIMS and T.T.D authorities and the donations from philanthropic public, some pharmaceutical companies and from M/s AMERI CARES of USA.

  8. Functions to commemorate the 25 th,40 th,50 th,70 th and 100 th Special Camps for Persons with Epilepsy were organized in befitting styles with distinguished invitees, educational and cultural programmes..

  9. Web Site : The Association has a website which can be accessed at http://www.balajiepilepsy.homestead.com/ for regular updates of our activities.

  10. Dr B.Vengamma, our President, was honoured with Harish Chandra Bhajoria Award at the 12th Annual Joint meeting of Indian Epilepsy Association and Indian Epilepsy Society held at Nagpur in October 2004 in recognition of her services to the cause of Epilepsy and persons with Epilepsy.

  11. Donation of Digital EEG Machine

    On the auspicious occasion of the 100 th Special Camp Day, the Tirupati Branch of the Indian Epilepsy Association donated a Digital EEG Machine costing about Rs. 6 lakhs to the Department of Neurology, SVIMS with a request to the authorities to extend concessions to the poor persons with Epilepsy who need these tests.

  12. 10 THJOINT ANNUAL CONFERENCE OF IEA AND IES -- ECON 2009,

    TIRUPATI, ANDHRA PRADESH --- 7 th and 8 th Feb 2009

    ECON 2009 was of historic importance because, for the first time it has been dissociated from the Annual Conference of the Indian Academy of Neurology and was conducted as a “stand alone” conference.

    The TIRUPATI BRANCH was honoured to organize this conference successfully.

  13. EPILEPSY TEACHING PROGRAM AT TIRUPATI –December 2010

    (Indian Epilepsy Society-Abbott Accreditation Program)

    Department of Neurology ,SVIMS in association with the Indian Epilepsy

    Association, Tirupati Branch organized the Epilepsy Teaching Program on

    4 th December,2010 at Tirupati.

    IES,IEA-18 th IEC Trust with financial assistance from Abbott India Ltd has

    prepared a teaching module with the assistance of leading Neurologists of our

    country on Management of EPILEPSY.

    The program was conducted keeping in view the pressing need for educating,

    equipping and inspiring Primary Care Physicians to be involved actively in

    delivering better Epilepsy Care Services especially in the rural areas of our

    country.

    Dr H.V.Srinivas , Consultant Neurologist , Bangalore and Dr B.Vengamma ,

    Director, Professor of Neurology and President , IEA , Tirupati were the

    Resource Persons .

    The Government of Andhra Pradesh deputed about 90 medical officers for

    the program. About 60 doctors from SVIMS, S.V.Medical College and those

    practicing in Tirupati attended the program.

    The Resource Persons went through the Course Module using Audio-Visual

    aids and slides prepared by IES.The information was well received by the

    participants and the interactive session that followed brought out the efficacy

    of the program

    The Tirupati Branch of IEA is really proud to record that this program will go

    a long way in PWE getting timely and better treatment at the grass root

    (RURAL) level.

  14. IEA , TIRUPATI ORATION IN EPILEPTOLOGY— December 2010

    The Tirupati Branch of the Indian Epilepsy Association donated Rs THREE Lakhs to Sri Venkateswara Institute of Medical Sciences(SVIMS),Tirupati , with a request to institute in the Department of Neurology,SVIMS an annual ORATION entitled “IEA,TIRUPATI ORATION IN EPILEPTOLOGY” commencing from the year 2010.

    The FIRST Oration was organized on 4 th December,2010 at Sri Padmavathi Auditorium,SVIMS at 9.30 AM. It was inaugurated by Sri N.Yuvaraj I.A.S., Joint Executive Officer, Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams, Tirupati.

    Dr H.V.SRINIVAS , Consultant Neurologist, Bangalore and President Elect of

    IEA delivered the First oration on the topic” EPILPSY & SOCIETY”.

    Dr Srinivas delivered an erudite and thought provoking lecture bringing out the

    myths, superstitions and discriminations that existed and exist from the

    medieval to the present times about EPILEPSY.

    He called for a concerted efforts on part of individuals, voluntary organizations and the Governments to empathize with the plight of Persons with Epilepsy(PWE) and strive for improving their quality of life.

    Dr Srinivas was presented with a Silver Memento on behalf of the Department

    of Neurology, SVIMS, Tirupati.

31 July , 2011 Dr B.VENGAMMA
PRESIDENT

OFFICE BEARERS

ADDRESS :
INDIAN EPILEPSY ASSOCIATION
C/O DEPT OF NEUROLOGY
SRI VENKATESWARA INSTITUTE OF MEDICAL SCIENCES(SVIMS)
TIRUPATI ,AP, 517507


IEA TIRUPATI Chapter Office Bearers
Address
Office Bearer
Dr B.VENGAMMA Dr.B.Vengamma
Dept of Neurology
SVIMS Hospital
Tirupathi 517507
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E-Mail: bvengamma@yahoo.com
President
Mrs M.NAGARATHNA
Secretary
Prof P.SUBRAMANIAM
Treasurer

NATIONAL EPILEPSY DAY 2009 CELEBRATIONS AT TIRUPATI, A.P.

The 130th monthly camp for persons with Epilepsy was held on 15th November, 2009 (Third Sunday of the month). About 450 persons with Epilepsy and about 100 patients' attendants were present. Epilepsy awareness programmes were organized on that day for the benefit of all these people.

As advised by the General Body of the Association, the awareness programme this year was based on the theme "Prevention of Epilepsy - Neuro cysticercosis, Head Injuries & Birth Injuries".

Sri I.Y.R.Krishna Rao I.A.S., Executive Officer, Tirumala Tirupati Devastanams, Tirupati was the Chief Guest. Sri N.Yuvaraj I.A.S., Joint Executive Officer, Tirumala Tirupati Devastanams, Tirupati and Dr. B.Vengamma, Vice Chancellor and Director of Sri Venkateswara Institute of Medical Sciences, Tirupati, were the Guests of Honour.

Dr. B. Vengamma, Professor of Neurology, SVIMS, Tirupati, and President of the Tirupati Branch of Indian Epilepsy Association,outlined the significance of this year's theme for the National Epilepsy Day.

She also reported about the camps being held for the past 130 months where in One Month's requirement of Medicines are distributed FREE to all the persons with Epilepsy who attend the camps.

A Painting Competition was organized for persons with Epilepsy in the age group of 5 to 14 years on this occasion. Nearly 25 boys and girls took part. Prizes were awarded for the winners and Participation Certificates were given to all. ABBOT LABORATORIES were the sponsors of this event.

An Epilepsy Awareness Programme with the help of POSTERS was organized by the students of the College of Nursing,SVIMS to the Guests of Honour, Persons with Epilepsy and their attendants.

The students of the College of Nursing, SVIMS, also enacted a SKIT bringing out the fact that Epilepsy is a Curable Disorder.

In both the programmes,the importance of medical treatment, precautions, life style modifications, education, empathy and empowerment for persons with Epilepsy were brought out very effectively.

On 20th and 21st November,2009 the faculty and students of the College of Nursing organized similar Awareness Programmes in TEN HIGH SCHOOLS located in TIRUPATI town for the benefit of students of higher classes and the Teachers. Lecture cum Demonstration methods with the help of POSTERS were utilized for conveying the message regarding various aspects of Epilepsy. The programmes were interactive in nature and the young students and teachers were greatly benefited by the programmes.