Kolkata, Nov 21, 2010 (Calcutta Tube/IBNS): A city hospital on Thursday organised a sit-and-draw competition for the mentally-challenged children of a rehabilitation institute to spread awareness about epilepsy in kids as part of their Epilepsy Week drive.
[ReviewAZON asin=”1157848834″ display=”inlinepost”]Twenty-one children from Manovikas Kendra participated in the competition held at the Fortis Hospitals on the outskirts of the city as neuroscience doctors held an interactive session for the parents of the children and the media.
“The biggest problem with epilepsy is the stigma that the children suffering from it have to face from society and not the disease itself,” Manovikas Kendra principal Anamika Sinha said.
“I think education is the key. The parents of such children have to learn about the medication, the seizures that affect the children and the way to treat them,” consultant neurologist Amita Halder said.
Epilepsy is most often caused due to pregnancy related problems, said the doctors. They underscored the importance of having the deliveries done under appropriate medical supervision.
“Apart from that, all medication taken by a pregant mother should be approved by a physician first. And any infections or other problems of the mother must be reported as soon as possible,” consultant neurologist Debashis Chakraborty said.
“Epilepsy is a controllable disorder and all it requires is patience, love and care. I can name so many people who had or have epilepsy, like sportstars Johnty Rhodes or Leander Paes, who lead a great life today,” said Chakraborty.
But even as her 17-year-old son won the first prize for the competition, Beauty Dutta, much like all the other mothers present there, seemed burdened with the concerns of their children’s futures.
“He’s 17 and he is amazing at cricket, drawing, dance and even plays the tabla. The tabla is his favourite. But he can’t take care of himself. I worry what is going to happen to him when I am not there,” said Datta, holding back tears.
Rehabilitation through training, care and medication is all that works for now. Surgery is fast catching up in this part of the world but not all epileptic patients can be operated upon and it is very complicated, the doctors said.
“Once we overcome the stigma and equip the children properly, even some of the most severest patients can do things like working in an assembly line or supervised work. Its all about patience and care,” said Manovikas Kendra principal Anamika Sinha.