2% Pak population suffering from epilepsy

KARACHI: President Epilepsy Foundation Pakistan Dr Fauzia Siddiqui said on Tuesday that two percent population of Pakistan is suffering from epilepsy, hence, there is need to raise awareness about the disease and its cure. She informed this while addressing a press conference at Karachi Press Club in connection with the International Epilepsy Day being observed today. It may be noted that this day is also called as Purple Day.

Fauzia said highest prevalence of epilepsy is seen people among with age more 30 years and the ratio of this is higher in the rural areas of the country. She stressed the need for launching a mass public awareness about the disease and its cure. She said that only 27.5 percent epileptic persons in urban areas and 1.9 percent in the rural areas consider the epilepsy as disease and visit doctor for treatment.

She said estimated 1.5 to 2 million people are suffering from epilepsy in Pakistan and unfortunately, one neurologist is available for every 48,200 patients. She said epilepsy carries a horrendous stigma, as young women can’t get married and children are withdrawn from schools resulting in social isolation and depression for patients.

She further said epilepsy is treatable disease with complete control in 70 percent of patients. She urged the media to create awareness about the disease.

Dr Atif Saeed Anjum and Dr Iqbal were also present on this occasion.

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