The Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, has listed the causes of epilepsy , blaming stigmatisation and discrimination for patients’ indisposed to seeking orthodox medical treatment.
Prof. Adewole listed head injuries, brain surgery and adverse effect of drugs as factors that can predispose individuals to the neurological condition at the inauguration of the Samuel Olafemiwa Oladehin Foundation, an initiative established to campaign against epilepsy where he was represented by Dr. Olufemi Fasanmade.
He added that stigma and discrimination as factors that prevent epilepsy patients from seeking medical treatment saying relatives often sought unorthodox treatment that is not beneficial to the patient’s recovery.
His word, “A patient who has undergone a brain operation or an individual who has sustained some injuries during an accident can develop convulsion while some drugs can cause convulsions. Most cases of epilepsy are acquired within the environment hardly is it hereditary.”
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