LUMHS marks International Purple Day for the Awareness of Epilepsy

JAMSHORO: To mark the International Purple Day for the Awareness of Epilepsy, which fall on 26th March every year, the Department of Neurosurgery Liaquat University of Medical & Health Sciences Jamshoro arranged a Public Awareness walk at University Campus Jamshoro.

Vice Chancellor LUMHS Prof. Noshad A. Shaikh, while addressing on the occasion, said that this day will be a major step in improving epilepsy awareness in the region, and will also highlight the urgent need for increased research into epilepsy. Goal is to get people talking about epilepsy in an effort to dispel myths and inform those with seizures that they are not alone.

Prof. Shaikh said that the Day is a gross roots effort dedicated to increasing awareness about epilepsy worldwide and people from around the globe are asked to wear purple and spread the word about epilepsy.

Chairman department of Neurosurgery, Dr. Riaz Ahmad Raja said his department is committed to raising awareness and understanding of the very real issues faced by those living with epilepsy.

Regarding the disease, Dr. Riaz informed that Epilepsy is a brain disorder that causes people to have recurring seizures. People may have strange sensations and emotions or behave strangely. They may have violent muscle spasms or lose consciousness. Epilepsy has many possible causes, including illness, brain injury, and abnormal brain development. In many cases, the cause is unknown.

He further added that doctors use brain scans and other tests to diagnose epilepsy. It is important to start treatment immediately as there is no cure for epilepsy, but medicines can control seizures for most of the people. When medicines are not working well, surgery or implanted devices may help. Special diets can also help some children with epilepsy.