Seminar on Epilepsy at BMU

KARACHI: The Department of Continuing Medical Education Baqai Medical University organized Awareness seminar on “World Epilepsy Day”. Epilepsy, isa neurological disorder marked by sudden recurrent episodes of sensory disturbance, loss of consciousness, or convulsions, associated with abnormal electrical activity in the brain called Epilepsy. The students of medical and dental discipline, house officers and faculty members attended.

Prof. Arif Herekar discussed the causes of Epilepsy, and pointed out that it is a disease that can damage, paralyze and cause brain disorder. Epilepsy is not in the list of dangerous diseases. Its treatment is important and doctors have to prescribe right drug in correct dosage. He then described its classifications, conditions, causes and control of Epilepsy.

Prof. Jamil Ahmed Medical Superintendent Fatima Hospital moderated the discussion which followed and also talked about the broadways of Epilepsy conscious and unconscious stages. (PR)

 About 500 new leprosy patients are 
Registered in Pakistan every year

KARACHI: Every year about 400 to 500 new leprosy patients are being registered in Pakistan and it is estimated that this will continue for the next two decade. Since inception more than 56,780 leprosy patients has been registered with MALC out of which 99% of patients are treated free of cost in 157 MALC Leprosy Centers functioning throughout Pakistan. Besides Leprosy, MALC is also working for the elimination of TB and Blindness from Pakistan besides community developments for the last 57 years. In Sindh the number of leprosy patients in 2013 was 66 but it has increased to 133 in 2016. There is need to create public awareness to minimize the burden of this disease.

This was stated by Dr. Ruth Pfau, Founder MALC, Mr. Mervyn Lobo CEO, and Dr. Mutahir Ali Zia while speaking on Leprosy situation in Pakistan. According to Dr. Ruth Pfau Leprosy elimination is successfully being achieved, however elimination is not the end of Leprosy. There are many challenges in terms of physical and social rehabilitation, which will go on even in the post elimination phase. (PR)

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