The first comprehensive and global report by the World Health Organization (WHO) on epilepsy has painted a very depressing picture on the current status of people that are suffering from epilepsy with most of them not even getting the basic care that costs as low as 5 U.S. dollars for a year per patient.
The report further mentioned that this could cause a much greater risk among sufferers in areas like these than in the industrialized nations.
The WHO has estimated that over 50 million people throughout the world have epilepsy. It is roughly estimated that there might be almost 12 million people suffering from epilepsy in India, which makes it share roughly one-sixth of the burden on the world. Almost 14 out of 1,000 people are bound to be victims of epilepsy in India with greater risks in kids and young adults, and in underdeveloped areas.
Dr. Tarun Dua said that not just medicines, there is also lack of medical specialists in this particular field. In some of the countries, there is merely a single specialist neurosurgeon for the millions of inhabitants and hence there is an obvious need for proper deliverance of treatment via community health centers.
She said that the treatment gap for this disease was extremely high. She further added that almost seventy percent of the people that have epilepsy can be seizure-free if accessed to proper medicines that can be given to them with the help of only primary health systems.
Abnormal electric activity in brain sometimes leads to unusual behaviors and sensations or seizures in the sufferer’s body.
In low and middle-income countries, in addition to shortages of medicine, sufferers die prematurely because of lack of access to professional care following seizures, as well as other preventable causes, such as drowning, head injuries and burns.