Purple Day observed to raise voice for epilepsy patients in Pakistan

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Karachi: Epilepsy is a serious neurological disorder and 50 million people suffer from it in whole world, including 2 million Pakistanis; to raise awareness about this diseases the Purple Day is being observed at global level including our country, said President Epilepsy Foundation Pakistan and the Ambassador for the Purple Day in Pakistan Dr Fowzia Siddiqui here Monday.

According to details, to observe the Purple Day, the Epilepsy Foundation Pakistan arranged a free medical camp at in Gulshan e Iqbal, where Dr Fowzia sliced the Purple Day cake, inaugurated Aafiat Consulting Clinic of Aafiat Welfare Foundation and examined epilepsy patients. She said the objective of observing this day is to raise awareness about the epilepsy disease. She said Cassidy Magan of Canada, who was an epilepsy patient herself, had gave the idea to observe the Purple Day in 2008 and now this day is being observed in whole world.

She said epilepsy is a serious neurological disorder and it needs a prolonged medical treatment and care. She said in Pakistan, especially in rural areas, due to lack of education, there are many myths attributed to this disease. Some people think that the epilepsy patient is under some magic spell or influence of demons. This is why these patients are not being properly treated and hence they suffer even more, unnecessarily. She regretted that a large number of epilepsy patients simply go without medical treatment, because the medicines to treat this disease are very costly. She said we demand a government-side subsidy on the epilepsy medicines on urgent basis.

She said the megacity Karachi lacks proper medical facilities. She said we have been demanding since long to set up a modern virology testing laboratory in Karachi. She said the government should also set up a teaching hospital in every district of Pakistan on priority basis so that people get medical facilities near their doorsteps. She said modern machinery and equipment should be installed in the government hospitals to facilitate people.

Dr Fowzia again appealed to the government to announce special subsidy on epilepsy medicines so that poor people suffering from this disease could also afford their medical treatment.

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