Consultant and Teaching Hospital for the Lake and Western zones of the United Republic of Tanzania
More than 50 million people in the world live with epilepsy. It is a challenge for communities to understand what epilepsy is. Many people associate the disease
to superstition and those having epilepsy on many occasions are stigmatized. In Tanzania. 430 to 480 people in every 100,000 population are affected by epilepsy.
Speaking at the world epilepsy day commemoration, Director General of the Bugando Referral Zonal Hospital, Prof. Abel Makubi said the commemoration of epilepsy day
is about raising awareness about the disease countrywide and also to remind the society on how to care for patients living with epilepsy. The affected are not to be
stigmatized, instead need to be treated as normal human beings in order for them to feel included in the society. “The problem of epilepsy is huge, in the pediatric
neurosurgery clinic at Bugando Refferal Zonal Hospital, it is found that 60% of children have epilepsy. Currently every week you find 20 to 40 children suffering from
this problem”, said the professor. Bugando Hospital under the Government of the Fifth Phase, and the Tanzania Episcopal Conference ensures that services are improved
for patients suffering from this disorder. Through a joint effort between the paediatric and psychiatry departments, a campaign titled “TUKOMESHE KIFAFA KANDA YA ZIWA”
was launched in November 2019. Bugando Hospital has conducted education in public, private hospitals as well as in various schools so as to raise awareness and also detect
a patient with epilepsy.