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Epilepsy Clinics

Epilepsy is mainly a clinical diagnosis, which requires a detailed description of the sequence of events that occur before, during and immediately after a seizure. A specialized clinic greatly contributes towards a better understanding of seizures, appropriate choice of drug and a comprehensive follow up for treatment given.

National Epilepsy Centre (CECP-NEC) formally started OPD services in April 2007. An average of 65 PWEs visits the OPD every day for follow up and medicines. An average of 05 new persons with epilepsy (PWEs) get registered on each work day.

Epilepsy clinics run Monday to Saturday (except Sunday and all government holidays) between 0900 hrs-1330hrs. PWEs are seen on first come first basis. Sufficient time is given to all PWEs in a relaxed, comfortable and private environment, enabling them and their care-takers to discuss all matters in privacy. Clinical history and each follow up visit is documented on a structured history sheet which is later electronically archived. Counseling is an important aspect of epilepsy management at CECP-NEC. Follow-up visit are scheduled on a monthly basis; earlier if required.

Electroencephalography (EEG)

Electroencephalography (EEG) with video recordings, the main diagnosis-supportive test for epilepsy is performed by trained technologists as per international standards. EEG facility is also available to PWEs referred from various departments of JPMC and other hospitals and clinics. All EEGs are reported by two volunteer neurologists trained in encephalography in American and Australia. All EEG data is archived.

Epilepsy labs run every day (except Sunday and all government holidays) between 0900 hrs-1300hrs by appointment only. In case of an emergency, PWE are accommodated.

Electroencephalography (EEG)

Electroencephalography (EEG) with video recordings, the main diagnosis-supportive test for epilepsy is performed by trained technologists as per international standards. EEG facility is also available to PWEs referred from various departments of JPMC and other hospitals and clinics. All EEGs are reported by two volunteer neurologists trained in encephalography in American and Australia. All EEG data is archived.

Epilepsy labs run every day (except Sunday and all government holidays) between 0900 hrs-1300hrs by appointment only. In case of an emergency, PWE are accommodated.

Drug Bank

Epilepsy may be a life-long disorder. A very regular uninterrupted intake of quality-assured medicines is mandatory for treatment of epilepsy. Most PWEs visiting CECP-NEC are non-affording and hence CECP-NEC has taken upon itself to provide medicines to all registered PWEs on a regular basis. The CECP-NEC Drug Bank is operational since October 2007 and is providing medicines to all CECP-NEC-registered PWEs. Functioning of the Drug Bank has only been possible through the generous donations by philanthropists.
CECP-NEC provides all conventional first line and commonly used second-line anticonvulsant drugs. The new generation drugs are much more expensive and hence reserved for only those who undoubtedly require them for better seizure control.
Dispensing of quality-assured medicines is ensured by purchasing of medicines from reputable suppliers. Since the NGO tries to purchase drugs at the lowest competitive price, we also ensure their quality by independent impartial quality assurance. A computerized audit of the Drug Bank is done on a daily basis. Every single tablet dispensed is documented. All accounts of Drug Bank are transparent and available at a moment’s notice to any existing or potential donor who wishes to see them.

A fixed token amount is levied from all patients only to add value to the services provided and for self-integrity of the white collared patients and caretakers.

WE NEED
YOUR SUPPORT
Lack of awareness, misconceptions, stigma & marginalization cause more misery than the condition itself. With medical, social & psychological treatment, public awareness to change the public mind-set is necessary. National Epilepsy Centre (NEC). Karachi, operational since 2012 is the only tertiary care centre in Pakistan exclusively for holistic epilepsy treatment, education, research and public awareness.
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OUR WORK
ACKNOWLEDGED INTERNATIONALLY

Our landmark paper, Epilepsy treatment gap and stigma reduction in Pakistan: A tested public awareness model was published in a reputable medical journal in end Dec 2019. The paper was received with accolades from entire medical especially neurology community for its groundbreaking approach towards reduction of treatment gap in a poorly resourced country.