Aligarh: Parents and caregivers of children with epilepsy and seizure disorders came together for an online ‘Parents Support Group Meeting’ to provide support to each other, discuss challenges from their perspectives and lend helping hands and sympathetic ears.
The meeting was organised by the District Early Intervention Centre and Centre of Excellence (DEIC-COE), Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College (JNMC), Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) to observe the ‘International Epilepsy Day’.
“The main objective behind the meeting was to create sufficient awareness among caregivers and parents of epileptic children to help them combat stigma, in the hope that this will lead to improved quality of life for people with epilepsy,” said Prof Tabassum Shahab (Honorary Advisor, DEIC-COE).
Prof Kamran Afzal (Convener, DEIC-COE) pointed out that programmes like these encourage people with epilepsy to seek out epilepsy specialists to ensure they are taking advantage of the latest and greatest options to achieve freedom from seizures and side effects.
Dr Gulnaz Nadri (Paediatrician, DEIC) gave an over view of the facilities available at DEIC-COE; while Dr Firdous Jahan (Clinical Psychologist) spoke on the psychological impact of the condition.
Prof Shahid Ali Siddiqui (Principal, JNMC), Prof Haris H Khan (Medical Superintendent), Dr Uzma Firdaus (Nodal Officer, DEIC-COE), Dr B P Singh Kalyan, Prof Syed Manazir Ali, Dr S P Singh and Dr Shahid Abqari attended the meeting with parents and caregivers of epileptic children.