Dr. Zarine Mogal gets outstanding achievement award

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 Epilepsy services in Pakistan 

Dr. Zarine Mogal gets outstanding
achievement award

KARACHI: At the recently held ILAE – Asia Oceanian Congress of Epilepsy 2018, Pakistan’s efforts in Epilepsy treatment and awareness have been the focus of largest region of the world on the innovative work and achievements. Dr. Zarine Mogal was awarded with the regions ‘Outstanding Achievement Award’ in the special welcome ceremony where all the delegates of the region and key members of the ILAE participated. This is yet another occasion at international forum that Pakistan’s outstanding work in epilepsy has been highly appreciated.

The National Epilepsy Centre, JPMC Karachi which has been planned, built and equipped with donor assistance and has been running for the last ten years. It provides tertiary-level outpatient service and a month supply of near-free of all the required antiepileptic drugs is given through the donated medicines. At present a total of ~ 9000 patients are registered and ~2000 come for a follow up and supply of medicines. An EEG test is done on each patient, sometime repeatedly, at the Centre. NEC has archives of ~15000 EEGs presently. Few Epilepsy Centers in the world can compete with these figures. For Pakistan NEC is a place of honour; built, furnished and being run by a group of dedicated volunteers.


Dr. Zarine Mogal  from National Epilepsy Centre Pakistan was awarded the regions ‘Outstanding
Achievement Award’ in the special welcome ceremony  of 12th Asian and Oceanian Epilepsy
Congress-held at Bali, Indonesia (June 28-July 01, 2018):  Group photograph taken on this occasion
during the Welcome Ceremony; shows from (L to R) Prof. Byung-In Lee (Past President ILAE-Asia
and Oceanian), Dr. Zarine Mogal (President EAP, Member ASEPA and Awardee “Asian and
Oceanian Outstanding Achievement Epilepsy Award”), Emeritus Prof. Hasan Aziz (Founding
member EAP), Prof. Samuel Wiebe (President ILAE) and Prof Chong Tin Tan
(Chair Research Task Force – ILAE Asia & Oceanian, Member ASEPA)

Pakistan is known internationally for its unique, home grown, volunteer-based, nation-wide Awareness Programme to reduce treatment Gap and Reduction in Stigma. Its uniqueness had been acknowledged by personal recognition of Prof. Nico Moshe, The President of International League against Epilepsy and published reports in Epilepsy News, the International Bureau of Epilepsy’s journal in 2017.

It may be mentioned here that The 'Outstanding Achievement Award' was received by one other member of National Epilepsy Centre ten years ago and International League Against Epilepsy (ILAE) has also given the coveted title of 'Ambassador of Epilepsy' to a member of the National Epilepsy Centre in the past.

The National Epilepsy Centre, it may be mentioned here is the brain child of Prof. Hassan Aziz FRCP a world renowned Neurologist who has earlier served as Head of the Dept. of Neurology at JPMC as well as Executive Director of JPMC for couple of years. He has also established the Najmuddin Auditorium at the JPMC through donations, a facility which was so badly needed at the county’s premier postgraduate medical institution. Prof. Hasan Aziz also conducted the first epidemiology survey about Epilepsy in Pakistan which is still being quoted by researchers. He belongs to a rare breed of God fearing, kind hearted physicians who believe and practice ethical medicine, work with devotion and dedication.