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Three-quarters of Pakistanis with epilepsy "not aware" of condition

4 March, 2003

A leading professor has claimed that 75 per cent of people with epilepsy in Pakistan are not aware that they have the condition, according to a report in the newspaper Dawn.

Speaking at the opening of the Epilepsy Association of Pakistan's second annual conference, Professor Hasan Aziz said that in rural areas only two per cent of those affected are receiving treatment, while in urban areas the figures is around 20 per cent.

However, delegates heard that the situation in the country was improving. Professor Aziz said that people are increasingly becoming more aware that there should be no stigma attached to epilepsy. He added:

The conference formed part of the inauguration of the National Epilepsy Centre based at Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre in Karachi.