People should understand that epilepsy-seizures and fits - are a common and treatable neurological problem and not a psychological problem as believed in the past, Superintendent of King George Hospital M. Madhusudhana Babu and HoD of Neurology G. Butchi Raju said here on Thursday on the eve of National Epilepsy Day being observed on November 17.

Programmes are being arranged at the KGH on Saturday to create a feeling among the epilepsy patients that they were not different from others. Competitions in painting, singing and quiz followed by an awareness meting on epilepsy to the patients and their attendants would be held. Senior neurologists from the city would give lectures.

A person suffering a fit must be ensured that he or she is not injured, by falling from a cot or chair. The patient must be laid on his or her side, the froth coming out of the mouth should be wiped and only soft material like a clot must be kept between the teeth, and not articles like spoons.

‘Right medicine’

Seizure is a symptom of epilepsy and more seizures is epilepsy. There is a cure for epilepsy and it depends on the cause of epilepsy, said the doctors. Cure depends on deciding on the type of epilepsy first and then prescribing the right medicine. It is necessary for the patient to take the medicines without fail and around 80 per cent of cases are cured with regular medication for three to five years. Surgery can also cure epilepsy in some cases. An epilepsy patient can lead a normal life but avoid jobs like driving a vehicle. The incidence of epilepsy in India is five to six in a thousand and 10 to 15 new cases are reported in the OP of KGH every day along with around 40 old patients


  • A person suffering a fit must be ensured that he or she is not injured

  • ‘Around 80 per cent of cases are cured with regular medication for three to five years’