300,000 epilepsy patients in Lanka
COLOMBO: Sri Lanka has about 300,000 epilepsy patients. In Sri Lanka
about nine to 12 persons from every 1000 persons suffer from epilepsy,
Chairperson, Epilepsy Task Force, Dr. Ranjani Gamage said.
Addressing a press briefing at the Health Education Bureau
Auditorium, Dr. Gamage said 90 per cent of epilepsy patients can be
successfully treated while treatment is not successful for about 10 per
cent of patients.
“About 70 per cent of epilepsy patients can be treated with simple
treatment while another 15 per cent can be treated by performing
surgeries and advanced treatment,” she said.
According to Dr. Gamage from the persons who suffer from epilepsy
only 25 per cent continue their education while 50 per cent drop out
from school at an early age.
She stressed the importance of allowing children suffering from
epilepsy to continue their school education.
Teachers and school principals should not prevent these children from
schooling because 95 per cent of them possess normal levels of
intelligence and are absolutely capable of studying, Dr. Gamage said.
According to World Health Organisation (WHO) statistics, about 50
million people in the world suffer from epilepsy.
Epilepsy patients or cured persons should not break rest, remain
hungry or skip meals, climb trees, hills or heights such as ladders,
bathe or swim in rivers, streams or swimming pools without protective
care, wander around high risk areas like fires, heights and dangerous
The National Epilepsy Day will be celebrated on July 5 and the
National Epilepsy Week will take place in Sri Lanka from July 5 to 12.
This year’s theme is `Epilepsy and schoolchildren’.