by Premier Hospitals | March 26, 2019 |
Epilepsy Awareness Day or Purple day is the special event to promote awareness of epilepsy by highlighting the problems faced by epilepsy patients, their families and loved ones. This day is for everyone irrespective of where you are, how small your group or large your area is.
A recent study of the World Health Organization (WHO) revealed that 50 million people have epilepsy across the world and around 10 million people in India suffer from seizures associated with epilepsy. Though epilepsy is treatable, three-fourths of affected people in developing countries like India could not receive the required treatment.
A purple day was introduced in 2008 by Cassidy Megan of Nova Scotia, Canada to raise the awareness of epilepsy. On this day, people were encouraged to wear the color for raising the awareness of Epilepsy. This event is celebrated with an aim to cast away certain myths that cloud the general publicâs view of the condition.
Epilepsy is a chronic neurological disorder featured by recurrent âseizuresâ or âfitsâ, resulting from sudden, excessive electrical discharges in the neurons (brain cells). This can affect people of all age group with unique concerns and problems.
The early symptom of epilepsy is repeated seizures. However, the following are the symptoms which may recur:
Messaging systems in the brain trigger every human body function. When this messaging system disrupts because of faulty electrical activity, it results in epilepsy. However, the exact cause of epilepsy is not known. But there are certain inherited genetic factors which make the occurrence of epilepsy more likely.
The seizures are more likely to occur once the cause is clearly identified. The factors that can affect the chances of remission include:
Epilepsy can be treated with medications, but the treatment should not be delayed. Seek immediate treatment as soon as it is diagnosed to prevent further deterioration. Celebrate Purple Day to increase awareness about epilepsy and to remind people with seizures, that they are not alone.
Since the inception of Premier Hospital in 1991 till today, we have grown to unprecedented levels, due to our excellence in medical sciences and healthcare. Premier Hospital is the creation of Dr Mahesh Marda and when it was first established, was only a small, 30-bed hospital facility. Back then, we provided only secondary care to patients, but that certainly has changed in the present landscape.