The state may have produced numerous doctors but not too many dedicate themselves to their profession the way Dr RK Surekha has. Dr Surekha has been serving patients suffering from epilepsy in rural Rajasthan for more than 20 years. People around the globe observe World Epilepsy Day, also known as Purple Day, on March 26 every year.
Dr Surekha said that more and more people are falling prey to this disease due to uncertain lifestyle.
“Almost one in every 300 people residing in Rajasthan is suffering from this neurological disorder known as epilepsy. The fast-paced lifestyle and carelessness towards health are major causes of the disease,” he said.
Dr Surekha, who has recently retired from the post of professor from neurology department, Sawai Man Singh (SMS) Hospital, has treated around 5,000 patients in a 20-year span. He has been conducting weekly camps in rural areas of Churu where he treats people suffering from this disease for free and even provides them with medicine.
“Serving people gives me immense satisfaction. I have been conducting weekly camps since the year 1994 and have treated around 5,000 patients so far,” the doctor added.
On causes and prevention of this disease, he said, “Eggs of tapeworm which could easily enter a human body through unwashed salad, uncooked beef and pork mainly cause this disease. The disease is treated as a social taboo and a patient is often looked down but this can happen to anyone and people should understand this fact.”
The World Epilepsy Day is also known as Purple Day. It is observed on March 26 every year. People are encouraged to wear purple-coloured clothes as purple and lavender are often associated with epilepsy.