To highlight problem of Epilepsy
NEC celebrates International
Epilepsy Day by organizing
various awareness activities

By Dr. Zarine Mogal*

KARACHI: National Epilepsy Centre in collaboration with Epilepsy Support Pakistan (IBE-Chapter) & Epilepsy Association of Pakistan (ILAE-Chapter) celebrated International Epilepsy Day 2021 last month by organizing various academic and awareness activities regarding epilepsy.

The celebrations started with a talk show on Samaa FM 107.4. This is a very popular morning show that is heard by children and people on way to school and work all over Pakistan. The feedback of the listeners has been very encouraging.

Large sized banners with our awareness message were placed on several pedestrian bridges located on the main traffic artery of the city that connects the national highway right up to the Karachi port and branching to reach other parts of the city. The target audience again being the office going people and school children travelling on this road. Awareness banners were also placed at strategic places where the flow of traffic is maximum on a work day.

At National Epilepsy Centre, lucky draw activity for children with epilepsy was held. The winner got a large stuffed teddy bear. A press conference was held after dusk in the open and fresh air at a popular public space Port Grand located near the Karachi port. The place was beautifully lit up in purple – the colour of epilepsy. The media personnel were briefed about epilepsy and the importance of spreading awareness by Dr. Zarine Mogal, EAP President and Co-Head of NEC. A short awareness documentary and recorded messages of Prof. Hasan Aziz, President NEC and ESP, Dr. Seemin Jamali, Executive Director, Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre, Karachi and Prof. Samuel Wiebe, President ILAE were also shown. The Govt. of Sindh was represented by the Mrs. Sara Javaid, Assistant Commissioner Karachi who also spoke on the occasion.

The highlight of the International Epilepsy Day Celebration was illumination of national monuments and landmarks in purple; the most significant being the Mausoleum of Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah, Teen Talwar, DC South Complex, Port Grand, Envicrete Clock Tower at Metropole Hotel, Karachi Gymkhana, Food Street Burns Road, National Epilepsy Centre and JPMC. Large awareness banners were placed at these sites for people to associate purple with epilepsy.

Awareness documentary and awareness messages were run in loop on large SMD screens at Port Grand and Food Street. Most of the above activities were done over two or three days. Extensive coverage of our activities on electronic and print media and also the social media was done. (PR)

*President, Epilepsy Association of Pakistan (ILAE-Chapter)
Secretary, Epilepsy Support
Pakistan (IBE-Chapter)
Co-Head, National Epilepsy
Centre, Karachi, Pakistan.