The Neurology department team from Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research PGI visited Punjab Engineering College (Deemed to be University) on 31st March 2022 to conduct an awareness session on IIH (Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension) disease. The team of neurologists headed by Dr. Vivek Lal (HoD Neurology, PGI), Dr. Aastha Takkar Kapila and Dr. Karthik V. Mahesh delivered the session. Dr. Sanjeev Kumar (Dean of Student Affairs), Prof Amandeep Kaur and Prof Manish Kumar of the Computer Science Engineering department coordinated the session.
The event commenced with the greetings by Dr Vivek Lal (Head, Neurology Department, PGI) followed by an introduction to IIH by Dr Kartik (Asst professor, Neurology Department, PGI). He cited symptoms for IIH such as headache, frequent under-eye dark circles and disturbing sound in the ear. People with diabetes and obesity are more prone to this. He also mentioned the discovery of an increase in the number of patients with IIH during COVID19. Also said that early stages are curable. He vocalized frequent occurrences of anaemia in 80% of females in rural areas. The discussion emphasized on how headaches caused by IIH could be treated and its corresponding remedies like regular exercise, medication, yoga, abstention from excessive use of cell phones etc. Furthermore, Dr Sukhjinder Singh Gothra (Dietician, PGI) discussed the effects of obesity in an individual’s health. The team of doctors addressed the queries raised by faculties and students at the end of the session and was followed by Dr Vivek’s advice for the younger generation to focus on exercise and adopting to a healthy lifestyle.