World Brain Day observed on Wednesday. On the recommendation of the World Federation of Neurology (WFN), World Brain Day is being held throughout world on July 22. The day is devoted to epilepsy.
The World Federation of Neurology (WFN) launched this awareness day last year and has decided to dedicate this day every year to different neurological diseases.
As per Dr Gagandeep Singh (Professor and Head of Neurology), Epilepsy is one of the most common neurological diseases in world with approximately more than 50 million people affected around the world. In India, 75-80 per cent of people with epilepsy do not have access to medication due to lack of awareness. The disease affects people of all ages.
Adding further, Dr Singh said most of the people do not know the correct first-aid procedure for controlling epilepsy.
“When anyone gets an epilepsy attack, people usually put a spoon in the person’s mouth to stop him/her from swallowing their tongue, which is absolutely wrong. People with epilepsy can’t swallow their tongue during a seizure. Biting down on a hard metal object may well cause painful dental injuries. Dramatic portrayals of such things in movies and TV serials are responsible for popularising this myth among the people,” he added.
It is the need of the hour that the governments and international organisations should prioritise brain health issues. To support their activities online, WFN is providing promotional and educational materials such as posters, brochures and presentations, he said.