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Wednesday, 10 February 2016

Epilepsy Cases Rises In Brong Ahafo



Brong Ahafo Regional Mental Health Coordinator, Dr. Joseph Yere has hinted that cases of epilepsy are on the increase in the Brong Ahafo region—and has now become a nationwide ‘canker’.

Dr. Joseph Yere indicated that, the concept of epilepsy is not the cause of 'witch craft' or any spiritual attack.


According to him, contributing to the rise of epilepsy cases in the country and Brong Ahafo region as a whole is connected to environmental and biological factors.

He said, "Pregnancy is a plan decision. Sometimes, somebody gets pregnant without knowing she is pregnant and goes about taking drugs...that are not helping her with the pregnancy. So when it happened this way and you give birth to the child, within the first two years...you see the child start getting convulsion and later develop epilepsy".

Reacting to the controversy that, epilepsy is something to do with spiritual issues...He said, "With Spirituality, that one we don't talk about it... That this is a demon... This is a gust, is all about ignorance. Like for somebody to say if someone has epilepsy and then gets attack...and the saliva of the victim touches you, you will also get it. These are all information and they are just about people not understanding the concept of epilepsy,” he disclosed in an interview with Sky Fm’s Kofi Oppong Asamoah.

Dr. Yere posited that the cause of epilepsy is not known...but then they also attribute to some of the environmental factors have just mentioned. “We also know that 10 percent of epilepsy can be hereditary," he said.

Moreover, Dr. Yere ascertained that... "Epilepsy per say is now multi dictionary approach. The midwives supposed to educate them what they are suppose to do...but before they gets to the antenatal clinic, they already polluted the pregnancy with other drugs. So later, when they give birth, the child start having fever convulsion and later it develops to epilepsy."


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