World Epilepsy Day at DUHS

KARACHI: Dow University of Health Sciences (DUHS) organized an Awareness Seminar at Dow Medical College, Karachi to commemorate World Epilepsy Day. It was preceded by Professional Excellence Award Presentation to Prof. Akhter Ahmed, Former Professor of Neurology for his meritorious service in field of neurology and founding the Department of Neurology, at Civil Hospital / Dow Medical College Karachi. It was attended by health care professionals as well as patients of epilepsy.

Speakers included Prof. Masood Hameed Khan, Prof. Dr. Junaid Ashraf, Prof. Muhammad Saleem Ilyas, Prof Raza-ur-Rehman, Dr. Yasmin Hasan, Dr Naila Naeem Shahabaz, Dr. Abid Hussain, Prof Junaid Ashraf and Prof. Aisha Mehnaz.
Prof. Masood Hameed Khan, Vice Chancellor, DUHS in his address stressed on the need of research in this field and assured of his full support in the improvement of services for epilepsy patients. He also informed the audience of Centre for Child Development established at Institute of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, DUHS to provide multidisciplinary care to pediatric patients of epilepsy.
Dr. M. Saleem Ilyas, Professor of Neurology & Director, Professional Development Centre, DUHS stated that the prevalence of epilepsy is 1% according to the studies which means that in the city of approximately two crore people like Karachi there are about 0.2 million people are suffering from epilepsy. WHO gives a figure of 50 million people who are epileptic; 73% of these patients are not receiving treatment in underdeveloped countries. According to an estimate, in Karachi only about 60 to 70% patients of epilepsy are not receiving treatment. The treatment gaps are bigger in rural areas which need to be taken care of. This can only be done through awareness; reaching these people through media, providing more information to these people and to improve epilepsy care services in different public sector hospitals Karachi.
Dr. Abid Hussain, Assistant Professor and Incharge Paediatric Epilepsy Clinic, Department of Paediatric, DMC&CHK, DUHS in his talk on “Seizures in children” told the audience that In Pakistan, there are 1.8 Million epileptics and affected age group is mainly young adults.
Prof. Razaur Rehman, Professor of Psychiatry, DUHS spoke on “Breaking down the stigma of epilepsy” because there are many myths associated with epilepsy that has no scientific basis. It was stressed that epileptics should be treated like other patients and quality of life of these patients should be made better through awareness programs and through better service.(PR)

Photographed during the inaugural session of PHL annual symposium from
(L to R) is Dr. Nand Lal, Dr.Prof. Hafeez Chaudhry, Prof. Feroze Memon,
Ms. Mehtab Akbar Rashdi, Prof. M. Ishaq, Dr. Fazalur Rehman Memon,
Dr. Faraz Memon.


Group photograph taken during the session on Aspirin Update at PHL symposium held at Hyderabad
recently shows from (L to R) Mr. Shaukat Ali Jawaid, Prof. Feroz Memon, Prof. Akbar Chudhury,
Dr. Shaukat Malik, Prof. Nazeer Memon, Prof. M. Ishaq, Dr. Shabaz Quershi,
Dr. Fazalur Rehman, Prof. Waris Qidwai and Dr. Shahbaz.

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