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National Epilepsy Consensus Guideline of Bangladesh unveiled

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 24th November, 2021 07:36:44 PM
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National Epilepsy Consensus Guideline of Bangladesh unveiled in a bid to ensure proper treatment of the patients suffering from epilepsy disease.

According to experts, Epilepsy is a central nervous system (neurological) disorder in which brain activity becomes abnormal, causing seizures or periods of unusual behavior, sensations and sometimes loss of awareness. 

Globally around 50 million people live with epilepsy, where the overall prevalence of epilepsy in Bangladesh is 8.4 per 1000 and about 40% of them are below 15 years.

About 30%-35% of the patients with epilepsy remain untreated due to – lack of awareness, lack of facilities, social taboo and lack of Integrated action plan. Ensuring easy availability of all required epilepsy cares including medications can help patients lead a better life.

For the first time in Bangladesh – Society of Neurologists of Bangladesh (SNB) with its logistic and scientific partner Sanofi Bangladesh launched the first ‘National Epilepsy Consensus Guideline of Bangladesh’ at a function at a city hotel on Wednesday.

The Society of Neurologists of Bangladesh (SNB), with logistical and scientific support from Sanofi Bangladesh – subsidiary of Beximco Pharmaceuticals Limited, has published a set of guidelines for the management of epilepsy in the country.

This guideline will not only help all relevant health care professionals with unanimous expert guidance on Epilepsy Management but will also help us to achieve a uniform treatment standard for our patients.

Health and Family Welfare Minister Zahid Maleque MP was present as the Chief Guest and Professor Md. Rafiqul Islam, Acting President of Society of Neurologists of Bangladesh chaired the unveiling ceremony and presented the keynote speech. 

Zahid Maleque said, “Epilepsy is a disease in the shadows. Patients are often reluctant to admit their conditions even to families, relatives or close friends. Now, this kind of social taboo makes it more difficult to identify and manage epilepsy in an effective way." 

He said the initiative of Society of Neurologists of Bangladesh is committed to address these issues and help the country to efficiently manage this non-communicable disease. 

Secretary of Medical Education and Family Welfare Division Md. Ali Noor said, “Proper Medical education plays a pivotal role in appropriate management of the disease. From ministry, we promise to ensure right education for patients, caregivers and healthcare professionals who manages patients with Epilepsy. This guideline will work as a base to execute the promises we made.”

Professor Dr. Md. Sharfuddin Ahmed, Vice Chancellor of BSMMU, Professor Dr. ABM Khurshid Alam, Director General of Directorate General of Health Services, and Professor Dr. Quazi Deen Mohammad, President of  Bangladesh College of Physicians and Surgeons and Director of NINS also were present.

In his welcome address , Professor Dr. Abu Nasir Rizvi, General Secretary of Society of Neurologists of Bangladesh said “National Epilepsy Consensus Guideline of Bangladesh is only one of the many initiatives that the society is carrying out. We need the support of all stakeholders to ensure successful dissemination of the guideline throughout the country.”

Dr. Md. Sharfuddin Ahmed, Vice Chancellor of the BSMMU said, “Integrated action plan ensuring easy availability of all required epilepsy cares is needed to reduce the load of Epilepsy. BSMMU is ensuring that, our doctors and other supporting staffs are getting adequate training, equipment and other facilities so that patients with Epilepsy get optimum care.”