NATIONAL EPILEPSY DAY 2014 CELEBRATIONS

As in the past, IeA Kochi was very active during the National epilepsy Week around the 17th of November. To improve reach, this year we decided on Radio as a medium to create epilepsy awareness. Red FM, a very popular channel, carried 30 seconds interviews about various aspects of epilepsy all thru the day.

Dr Gigy Kuruttukulam, Dr.Mathew Abraham, Dr. K.P. Vinayan and Dr. B. Rajendran, Dr. Arun Grace Roy and Dr. Siby Gopinath were the experts answering questions. An awareness programme for PWe and relatives was organized at the outreach clinic of IeA Kochi Chapter at Kaithaveli.

This was highly interactive and was appreciated by one and all. Dr Vinayan and Dr Rajendran responded to the doubts posed by the patients and relatives. On the 17th November, The Hindu carried an interviewwithDr.B.RajendranonMedicallyRefractory epilepsy and the various alternative options for such cases.

An article on epilepsy in children written by Dr. Vinayan in ‘Nammude Arogyam’ the popular health Magazine in Malayalam was very well received A CMe was organized under the aegis of IeA Kochi, Indian Academy of Paediatrics, Kerala Association of Neurologists and the ernakulam Psychiatric Society on the National epilepsy Day at the IMA Hall.

The topics were Evaluation of first seizure, Neonatal seizures - progress in understanding, Behavioural aspects of childhood epilepsy and Surgical management of childhood epilepsy.

The speakers were Dr.B.Rajendran. Sr.Con.Neurologist, Dr.KP Vinayan, Prof Paediatric Neurology, Dr.Varghese Punnoose, Prof Psychiatry and Dr Ashok Pillai, Prof. Neurosurgery respectively.

About 100 delegates attended the CMe with a lively Q and A session. We wish to thank M/s. Sun Pharma and UCB Pharma for the support in the conduct of these events.



NATIONAL EPILEPSY DAY 2011 - COCHIN BRANCH

The National Epilepsy Day was observed by IEA Cochin, Kerala Association of Neurogists and Cochin Neurological Society with a slew of programs over four days.

On 16th November Dr.K.P.Vinayan, Prof.Paediatric Neurology.gave a talk on Epilepsy in children and teens over FM Cochin Radio.

On 17th there were two programs, Dr.Arun Grace of Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences, Mrs.Suschitra Narayan, President IEA Cochin and Mrs.Saraswathi Rajendran, of IEA Cochin, addressed the High School students of Bhagavathi Vilasam High School.Nayarambalam, Vypin Island.They covered various issues of epilepsy in School going children and teens.About 120 students attended with a very active Q and A session.

The same day Asianet.TV Channel had a live program on epilepsy with phone in Q and A session in their feature Doctor Live. Dr.B.Rajendran was the guest and the program was anchored by Mrs.Smitha.

On 18th Dr.Murali Krishna Menon, of Lakeshore Hospital, gave a talk on epilepsy in women on FM Cochin radio.

On 19th, a painting competition for children was conducted at the West Side Hospital, Cochin, in which 35 school students participated.

Prizes were given to all, over and above the best three pictures adjudged by a panel,.Later in the day,a Quiz on various aspects of epilepsy was held for the Nursing Staff of West Side Hospital and Male Nurse, Brother Subish walked away with the First Prize.

Considering the reach of FM Cochin and Asianet the reach of the programs have been far and wide and IEA Cochin members are still getting phone calls from all over the state and also from Keralites in Middle East to clarify their doubts.



NATIONAL EPILEPSY DAY 2009 - COCHIN BRANCH

Reported by: Dr B RajendranIEA Cochin started the programmes on the 1st day of November. To enlighten and create awareness, parents of school going children with epilepsy were invited to participate in an interactive seminar.Dr Arun Grace, Neurologist, Amritha Institute of Medical Sciences (AIMS) spoke on preventable epilepsies with emphasis on Road Safety, Safe Pregnancy and Motherhood and Neuro infections. This was followed by the talk on Co- Morbidities in School children with epilepsy. The President Mrs. Suchitra Narayan, a special education consultant and Dr. Anitha Rajah, Neuropsychologist at AIMS spoke on the subject. A lively interaction followed

November 17th
The Round Table India 131 and IEA Cochin organized a motor vehicle rally on the morning of November 17the which was flagged of by Dr P Sreekumar, the first President of IEA Cochin. The Rally started from Jawahar Lal Nehru Memorial stadium and ended at the Durbar Hall grounds - a distance of 6.5 kms. 53 cars participated. The lead omni van carried huge posters on epilepsy awareness. All the cars carried window stickers saying epilepsy is preventable and treatable. There were continuous mike announcements on the way and flyers in English and Malayalam were distributed all along the route. The messages were on preventable causes of epilepsy and the need for early treatment to reduce the treatment gap. The motor vehicle rally was greatly appreciated and beamed all over Kerala by the Asianet News channel.

The evening witnessed a panel discussion on epilepsy which was inaugurated by the District Collector, Dr (Mrs) M Beena, IAS, who herself is a medical doctor. Dr T K Manoj, of St. James Hospital Chalakudy, spoke on head injuries and epilepsy with some poignant video clippings.

Dr. Serena Gilvaz, HOD Dept of OBs. and Gynecology, Jubilee Medical College, Trichur, spoke on safe motherhood and special issues relating to women with epilepsy.

The last speaker was Dr Muralikrishna Menon, of Lake Shore Hospital who spoke on special issues in the management of school going children with epilepsy.Over 100 doctors from various disciplines, like pediatrics, gynecology general practitioners and IEA Cochin family were involved in the excellent interaction that followed.

The Round Table India 131 chairman Mr. Rakesh Ramachandran handed over a cheque of Rs. 50000 to Dr Rajendran as a contribution to IEA Cochin, for various community activities. All in all, we were left with a sense of satisfaction for the solidarity expressed for persons with epilepsy.