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About Indian Epilepsy Centre

The Indian Epilepsy Centre started functioning from September 1, 2002. It was formally inaugurated by Smt. Sheila Dikshit, Hon. Chief Minister of Delhi. Dr. A.K. Walia, Hon. Health Minister Government of Delhi was the Guest of Honour. Dr SP Agarwal, DGHS, Govt. of India delivered the key-note address. Dr PN Tandon, President National Brain Research Society released the Souvenir. Swami Gokulananda Ji Maharaj, Secretary, RK Mission, Delhi blessed everyone by his holy presence.

The Indian Epilepsy Centre is headed by Dr Satish Jain, formerly Professor of Neurology at the AIIMS, New Delhi. Dr Jain is recognized internationally for his seminal contributions to the global epilepsy movement. Dr Jain has several awards and achievements to his credit and was conferred the Ambassador for Epilepsy Award by the International Bureau for Epilepsy (IBE) and International League Against Epilepsy (ILAE) in 2001.

Myths & Facts

Myth
Epilepsy is due to the effect of "evil spirits" or "supernatural powers". It is also a form of "madness". So, epilepsy should be treated by faith-healers, sorcerers (witch-craft) or in a
lunatic asylum.

Fact
Epilepsy is a disease of the brain. Hence, epilepsy should be treated by neurologists, epileptologists, physicians and paediatricians.


Myth
One should never touch a patient having a seizure in order to avoid the disease being passed on to you.

Fact
If a patient is having a seizure, he/she needs your help and care. Epilepsy cannot be passed on to others by touching the patient.


Myth
An epileptic seizure can be terminated by putting a key in the patient's hand or by making a patient smell onions or a dirty shoe.

Fact
None of these non-medical measures are of any use. Family members and teachers should be made aware of first-aid measures required during a seizure.


Myth
Children with epilepsy are dull and cannot learn. They should not be sent to school.

Fact
Children with epilepsy can be extremely intelligent. It is usually ignorance about various aspects of epilepsy that prevents parents from sending their children to school. Many times the teachers also have misconceptions and do not encourage children with epilepsy to attend school.


Myth
Treatment for epilepsy with modern medicines is ineffective and expensive.

Fact
"Seizures" or "fits" that occur in epilepsy can be completely controlled by using a single, inexpensive medicine in 60-70% patients. Another 15-20% patients can be helped by the use of new, but slightly expensive drugs. A few cases can be successfully treated with surgery. Epilepsy can even be cured in some cases.
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No Seizures & No Fits