The Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research would be able to provide enhanced clinical and para-clinical services to neurological conditions with the establishment of Institute of Neurosciences, JIPMER Director S.C Parija has said.

Participating in a continued medical education programme on epilepsy, he said the institute was providing comprehensive health care to epilepsy patients besides creating awareness on the disease.

The institute was aiming at confronting the stigma on epilepsy.

R. P Swaminathan, Dean of Academics said the hospital was providing advanced management for refractory epilepsy cases which included surgical, non-surgical methodologies.

Head of the Department of Neurology Pradeep Pankajakshan Nair said epilepsy was one of the most common neurological disorder worldwide affecting more than 65 million people. More than 70 per cent of the affected people with epilepsy in low income countries do not get proper treatment.

“Cause is unknown in 6 out of 10 epilepsy patients. Among the remaining it may be related to brain damage sustained from birth injury, accidents and infections such as neurocysticercosis and tuberculosis,” he added. – The Hindu 

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