Nationwide epilepsy awareness campaign kicks off

By KNA

The annual Nationwide Epilepsy awareness campaign dubbed “Angaza Kifafa” will be flagged off in Nairobi this Friday at K.I.C.C.

Done through roadshows and medical camps, the campaign which was inaugurated last year will be flagged off by County Executive Health Services Dr Bernard Muia. Some areas that will be targeted by the roadshow include Gikomba, Huruma, Donholm, Mukuru kwa Njenga, Kawangware, Kibera, Uhuru Park amongst others.

Done in partnership between National Epilepsy Coordination Committee and Bank of Africa Kenya, the campaign is aimed at creating awareness of a condition that is viewed with superstition and general lack of understanding.

“The year 2015 saw us participate in helping spread awareness in Eldoret, Machakos, Nakuru and Nyeri” said Bank of Africa Managing Director Ronald Marambii at the flag-off.

“We have pledged support for this year’s activities due to the positive feedback from thousands of people who managed to better understand the condition and its management.

“I would like to appeal to other corportes, County and indeed National Government to make a concerted effort to help us raise awareness by giving the condition due consideration as is given to other diseases like Cancer and HIV.”

In Kenya, an estimated 2 out of every 100 people live with epilepsy, yet management of the condition continues to be hampered by lack of Available, Accessible and Affordable health care and above all lack of awareness.

“The challenges can easily be overcome through proper training of medical professionals, awareness creation and treatment/management of the condition said “ NECC Chairman Prof P.G Kioy.

“An estimated 80% of patients never get to see a doctor due to the stigma attached to the disease. This places an unimaginable burden on the affected. It is my hope that this caravan can reach all the 47 counties. With support from Bank of Africa, we will also visit Meru and Taita Taveta in May and August respectively.”

It is estimated that 70 million people worldwide live with epilepsy, 80 – 90% of who live in developing countries.

NECC, which brings together all stakeholders in Epilepsy Care, has made a firm commitment to reduce this treatment gap and improve the quality of life of people living with epilepsy through support in education, research, knowledge dissemination and patient clinical care.

  

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