In developing countries the chances of getting epilepsy are higher. The latest research suggests that the chances of getting epilepsy in Kenya are three times higher than in developed countries. Fortunately there are ways we can reduce the number of people affected with epilepsy.
Let’s take a look at how we can contribute to reducing the chance to get
- Increase use of maternity care: About four out of ten women nationwide give birth in a hospital (Ministry of Planning, 2008). When women give birth outside the hospital, they often do not receive the required assistance. The advantage of hospital delivery is that health care providers can identify complications in time. Once identified they may be in a position to avoid these complications which can lead to birth traumas or injuries that may cause epilepsy.
- Prevent infectious diseases: Infectious diseases such as HIV/AIDS, cerebral malaria, meningitis and tuberculosis can cause epilepsy. Taking preventive measures for these infections greatly reduces the chances of getting epilepsy. For example, sleeping under a mosquito net will reduce your chances of getting malaria.
- Head Trauma: Brain damage is one of the causes of epilepsy, therefore anything that prevents head trauma consequently reduces chances of epilepsy. About 9 out of 10 accidents worldwide occur in developing countries. Safe driving reduces the chances of accidents and consequently reduces the risk of head trauma.