National Epilepsy Day
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Every year, November 17 is celebrated as National Epilepsy Day.
Its purpose is to create awareness among the victims of epilepsy and their relatives.
The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that there are 50 million people with epilepsy worldwide, of whom 80 percent live in developing countries.
Although epilepsy is treatable, three-quarters of those affected in underdeveloped countries do not receive the necessary care.
About 10 million people in India experience seizures associated with epilepsy.
Every year the second Monday of February is observed as International Epilepsy Day (IED).
In 2022, International Epilepsy Day was celebrated on 14th February.
Background of the day
Epilepsy Foundation of India established National Epilepsy Day as a national campaign to reduce epilepsy in India.
Dr Nirmal Surya established the Epilepsy Foundation of India in 2009 in Mumbai, Maharashtra.
This non-profit Epilepsy Foundation aims to improve the quality of life of people and change societal perceptions regarding epilepsy.
What is Epilepsy?
Epilepsy is the fourth most common neurological disorder in the world.
In this disorder, brain activity becomes abnormal, causing seizures or abnormal behaviour and loss of sensation.
Although anyone can develop epilepsy, it is more commonly seen in young children and adults, and in males than females.
Changes in taste, smell, vision, hearing or touch, dizziness, trembling in the limbs, staring, doing the same thing over and over again are its main symptoms.
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