The Vice-President of India, Bhairon Singh Shekhawat, has called for doctors to ensure that their patients with neurological conditions such as epilepsy are aware that they can be treated, according to a report on Outlookindia.com.
Speaking to delegates at the 'Brainstorm 2002' event in New Delhi, the Vice-President said such a move by doctors would dispel fears of the patients and embolden them to fight common brain conditions.
Dr M V Padma, from the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, told the conference that epilepsy was a condition shrouded in myths and misconceptions.
"It is not a psychological disorder nor is it contagious,'' said Dr. Padma. "Unfortunately, it is not the seizure disorder itself but negative public attitudes which create a greater disability. Public information and education are vitally important to eliminate social prejudice.''