AIIMS NATIONAL EPILEPSY DAY CELEBRATIONS -2009

Reported by: Dr Manjari Tripathi Epilepsy is the commonest neurological disorder with episodic manifestation. 17th of November THE EPILEPSY DAY was celebrated by AIIMS-IEA- Delhi Chapter by an introductory course by Dr Manjari Tripathi.

The invited Chief Guest was Shri TD Dhariyal who is the Deputy Chief Commissioner Disabilities and Empowerment, Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment. He has been steadily assisting the efforts of the Association for disability privileges and benefits and anti discrimination. A preliminary introduction to epilepsy was followed by a panel discussion on Living with epilepsy. The discussion which was open to lay people , patients and caregivers, school children from 3 major schools in Delhi, social workers, epilepsy counselors and cognitive behavior therapists providing their views on daily life matters such as treatment, employment, pregnancy and marriage in order to lead a healthy and effective life. Two teachers helped formulate a social support group. The social support group would consist of persons affected and there caregivers this would enhance sharing of experiences and problem issues, specially those related with marriage and employment. Prof M Behari Head of the Department neurology, Prof K Prasad and Dr G Shukla also participated and delivered talks and answered question in the panel.

An educational video in epilepsy as by the Epilepsy partnership India was also shown. Magician Shri BK Pandey - President magicians association of India performed simple but enthralling magic tricks to deliver the message of epilepsy care , regular treatment, myths of epilepsy all through magic with the help of his daughter. Many patients and caregivers expressed frustration on there experience with the outside world in coping with there children's seizures. They were assured of help by the cheif guest. Many questions were asked about the disease.

Apart from this Dr M Tripathi delivered talks on the FM Radio, AIR Delhi on epilepsy and its care these were broadcast on the 17th and 20th of Nov.

SMS on epilepsy awareness was sent to various Mobile services- with the message epilepsy is curable "dont delay treatment.

"Various newspaper clipping in Hindustan Times, Times of India, Gaurdian healthcare were also bought out.