Film released for National Epilepsy Day

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Mumbai, Nov 17 (UNI) A short Film 'Asha-The Hope', dedicated to people suffering from epilepsy, was released on 'National Epilepsy Day' today at the Y B Chavan Centre here.

The film was released in order to create awareness among patients, their families and caregivers as well as society.

Dr Pravina Shah, Hon Secretary Indian Epilepsy Association Mumbai, at the function said,''Epilepsy is one of the most common disorders of the brain. Based on preliminary estimates one out of every 100-200 persons suffer from epilepsy in India. Epilepsy foundation is proud to present this short film which highlights problems faced by the sufferer and gives them hope and strength to fight to live a normal life.'' State PWD minister Mr Chhagan Bhujbal on the occasion said,''there is no dearth of blind faith in our country, as whenever a person gets an epileptic fit, he is taken to a faith healer, who breaks a coconut, lights a fire and calls upon ghosts.

Dr.Vimal Mundada Minister of Public Health and Family Welfare echoed Mr Bhujbal's thoughts.''Epilepsy is a brain disorder that can be controlled by medicines. Good qualified doctors are the need of the hour.'' UNI LS RN RAR VC2140

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