NATIONAL EPILEPSY DAY
November 17, 2009
G.B. PANT HOSPITAL, NEW DELHI-2

Like the previous years, epilepsy day was celebrated by the department of Neurology G.B. Pant Hospital on 17-11-2009 under the aegis of Indian Epilepsy Association (Delhi chapter).  This day is specially marked in the neurology calendar to spread the awareness regarding epilepsy to the general public and the young generation. This time again an awareness lecture on epilepsy was organized and delivered to patients with epilepsy, their parents and school children.  In this programme we invited 90 school children and 5 teachers from Ramjas Boys Sr. Sec. School, Darya Ganj ,class IX and Commercial Sr. Sec.  School Darya Ganj, class XIth .  Dr. V S. Saxena, former president of Indian Epilepsy Association was a special invitee. More than 150 patients, the staff and faculty of the Department of Neurology including Dr. Meena Gupta, Dr. M.M. Mehndiratta,

Dr. Geeta A. Khwaja, Dr. Debashish Chowdhury,  Dr. Neera Chaudhry and Dr. Sanjay Pandey attended the session. Public lecture was delivered by Dr. Debashish Chowdhary. The children and their teachers felt that the talk was very informative. This was followed by cultural programme by the children with epilepsy under the supervision of Mrs. Lalita Gupta, Social worker of the department of Neurology.  The unique aspect of the programme was that the children came forward themselves and decided the items to be presented. There were 6 children who recited poems, shlokas and sang songs on the stage. From the two schools four children participated in the debate on epilepsy in Hindi and English, their understanding of the disorder and their presentations were remarkable.  One of the patients shared her experiences that how she was again able to lead a normal life with regular medication and follow up.  

Every body enjoyed the programme including the departmental staff.  In the end, handouts about do’s and dont’s about epilepsy were also distributed.   It was a memorable event both for the patients, doctors, school children and other staff of the department of Neurology G.B. Pant Hospital.