It was a good experience today conducting an epilepsy awareness program for 25 teachers at the Gundavli – Little Flower High School. The teachers listened attentively and had called a parent of a child who had epilepsy. As usual we gave the epilepsy questionnaire pre and post the talk, details of which we will be analysing shortly. We hope these awareness programs lead to ripples of awareness in the society which would lead to better first aid and treatment of people with epilepsy.
Dr. Pradnya conducted three awareness programs back to back in 3 branches of The Symbiosis school in Thane , Diwa and Mumbra district. Overall we spoke to an audience of approx.500 people (parents , teachers , support staff and 12th standard science students). It was heartening to see that the locals asked a lot of questions and thus made the talk very interactive . In the last session we had a parent whose son has epilepsy come and address the other parents, teachers and other students for the support she is receiving from the school. The Principal of the schools Mr. Dev is truly a revolutionary in his own way and tries his best to keep this pocket aware and give the kids the best facilities he can. He also made the students promise that they would spread as much awareness as they could and definitely not run with Kanda and Chapal next time they witnessed a seizure. Mr. Dev also stressed upon the importance of visiting the right doctors – neurologist for the treatment. It was a day well spent indeed. – Pooja Nandi
In the cool environs of Everard Nagar Gardens, Sion, an epilepsy awareness program was jointly organized by Rotary Club of Chembur, Lok Seva Sangam and Samman Association. Dr. Amit Watkar spoke to anganwadi and health workers of the area – about 50 of them. After the talk they asked very relevant questions on treatment, hereditary aspect, surgery etc. Members of the Rotary Club felt that the talk was very useful and that all schools in the area should also be thus educated – they promised their help in arranging the same. They also invited me to talk at the Rotary Club on the 27th of this month – I look forward to it! Carol D’Souza
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This was our 4th Epilepsy Clinic at Palghar. 30 patients attended the clinic and were attended to by Dr. Pravina Shah, Dr. Jayanti Mani, Dr. Pradnya Gadgil and Dr. Wagle. As usual the Samman volunteers saw to the registrations, giving of medicines, counselling etc. All the patients and family members and doctors were given lunch. After the clinic there was an epilepsy education program for doctors of the area conducted by Dr. Pradnya and Dr. Jayanti. Dr. Abhijit arranged for the doctors to be present.
Dr. Jayanti Mani and Dr. Dhara Shah conducted, on behalf of Samman Association, two epilepsy awareness programs for school Teachers.
I had gone along with Dr. Mani to the Green Lawns English School, a non government aided school catering especially to the poor children of the area. The principal Mr. Aslam Faridi who has been working with the school for the last 16 years impressed us with his dedication and passion. Green Lawns has 1300 students and 50 teachers in both sections, primary and secondary. The teachers and helpers attended the programme. Judging from the questions that the teachers had it was clear that they knew many in the area or in their families who had epilepsy.
Pooja Nandi went with Dr. Dhara Shah to Babasaheb Ambedkar School in Vikhroli where 25 teachers were educated about epilepsy. This program to went very well.
Heartfelt thanks to Kanchan Gupta and Pooja Nandi for arranging these programs and to the schools for giving us this opportunity.
The coming week being International Epilepsy Awareness week we have our calendar full. Log on to events on epilepsymumbai.org for details.
Today we had an education program at Bandra Hindu Association Secondary High School. This time Dr. Gadgil spoke to students from 5th – 9th standards on Maintaining good brain health and do’s and dont’s regarding epilepsy first aid. The children were very attentive and did not want Dr. Pradnya Gadgil to stop talking! The Headmistress too wanted Dr. Gadgil back to talk to the teachers and the 10 std students who were busy with their preliminary examinations today.
We had a wonderful time today at Samara Gardens. The place itself was ideal for our group; we had private space to play games and dance to DJ Aman’s music. Our energetic games host Ankita chose apt games and connected well with all of us. All our Samman members and caregivers participated with enthusiasm, danced with gay abandon and truly enjoyed themselves. The entire staff at Samara was pleasant, courteous and catered to all our needs very efficiently. Very special thanks to Kevin from Samara Gardens and Pooja Nandi for organizing this
Today we had another successful epilepsy education program for teachers of Guruvarya Balaram Patil Vidhyalaya at Nerul. Neurologist Dr. Amit Watkar spoke to the teachers. Parents took the opportunity to bring their children who had difficulties to see the doctor as well and Dr. Watkar was kind enough to consult with them. Thanks once again to Pooja Nandi and Kanchan Gupta who made this possible.