NATIONAL EPILEPSY DAY
18th November, 2021 Health
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- The National Epilepsy Day was observed on November 17, 2021.
- Epilepsy is a chronic non-communicable disease of the brain that affects around 50 million people worldwide.
- It is characterized by recurrent seizures, which are brief episodes of involuntary movement that may involve a part of the body or the entire body and are sometimes accompanied by loss of consciousness and control of bowel or bladder function.
- Nearly 80 per cent of people with epilepsy live in low and middle-income countries.
- Epilepsy is usually treated by medication and in some cases by surgery, devices or dietary changes.
- Although epilepsy is treatable, yet three-fourths of affected people in developing countries do not receive the required treatment.
- In many parts of the world, people with epilepsy and their families suffer from stigma and discrimination.