The discussion started with why every second Monday of February is conceded world epilepsy day by world health organization?
Every second Monday of February is set aside as world epilepsy day for mental health practitioners to educate people on what epilepsy is, the predisposing causes of epilepsy, how to identify people with epilepsy, its management and some basic facts about epilepsy.
As part of activities to mark the world Epilepsy day, the Sissala East District Mental Health Staff were at Radford FM this morning to mark the day set aside by World Health Organization (WHO) awareness on epilepsy. Epilepsy is a chronic brain disorder that affect people of all ages worldwide. It is define as having two or more unprovoked seizures. Seizures are brief episodes of involuntary movement that may involve a part of the body (partial) or the entire body (generalized) and sometimes accompanied by loss of consciousness and uncontrolled bowel or bladder function can also vary.
Seizures can vary from the fastest lapses of attention or muscle jerks to severe and prolonged convulsions. They can also vary in frequency, from less than one per year to several per day. People with seizures tend to have more physical problems such as fractures and bruising from injuries related to seizures as well as higher rates of psychological conditions including anxiety and depression
- Brain damage from prenatal or perinatal injuries example a loss of oxygen or trauma during birth, low birth weight.
- Congenital abnormalities or genetic conditions with associated brain malformations.
- A traumatic head injury
- A stroke that restricts the amount of oxygen to the brain
- Infection of the brain such as meningitis.
Mode of treatment
Epilepsy can be treated easily and affordably with inexpensive daily medication that cost a little.
About 70% of people with epilepsy can be treated
In the area of prevention, the known causes or predisposing factors of epilepsy should be avoided.
Key facts about epilepsy
- Epilepsy is a chronic brain disorder that affects people of all ages
- Approximately 50 million people worldwide have epilepsy, making it one of the most common neurological diseases globally.
- Epilepsy is not contentious
- Epilepsy is not cause by evil spirits or demons.
- People with epilepsy and their families suffer from stigma and discrimination
Key message for people with epilepsy and their families.
- Epileptics should seek early treatment
- They should not be allow to go to the stream, well or dam alone to fetch water.
- Should not sit by naked fire to cook all alone
- They should be assisted to take their medications to prevent further complications.
The host of the programme Mr. Kanton Muniru and Mr. Kunkoi Baah, Mr. Ayuba Karim and Madam Fadila Nbeeburi led the discussion.