Inclusion of Epilepsy in the Priority list of the Indian Government due to treatment gap
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Nearly 95% people with epilepsy in India don't receive any treatment.Anti-epileptic drugs aren't available to almost 50% patients in the public sector with less than 40% actually receiving generic medicines instead of the expensive branded ones.Nearly 12 million epilepsy patients are expected to reside in India.Given the higher prevalence and incidence along with poor socioeconomic status and higher treatment gap, higher epilepsy related mortality is likely to be more frequent in India.There are 1200 Neurologists in the country which cater to the 12 million patients and increasing by the day .It implies that 1 Neurologist caters to 10,000 patients which is huge. India being a demographically diverse country,patients with epilepsy live in every part of the country and hence access to the neurologist is hindered. Moreover Epilepsy is still associated with a lot social stigma even today. Girls with epilepsy face a lot of problems for getting married .Even married women with epilepsy sometimes hide this fact from their in laws to avoid any confrontation. Due to all this factors it is of utmost Importance that Epilepsy be considered as a priority disease by the Ministry of Health ,Indian Government and awareness regarding the disease and treatment gap needs to be taken care of.
I am starting this movement against epilepsy as i myself have seen many epilepsy patients and discussed the same with certain Neurologists too and am aware of this Plight. Let us all join this Purple Movement (Purple is the color for epilepsy awareness)and bring about this much needed change in the Indian Society
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