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Epileptic children not getting medication – report

  • At the World Health Organisation estimated prevalence of 1.3 per cent, about 559,000 Ugandans are having epilepsy. Despite its debilitating effects, the condition can be brought under control with effective and uninterrupted treatment, according to doctors.

Up to seventy-five percent of epileptic children in rural areas are not getting medication, a shortfall underpinning exclusion, pain and high death risks among them, a study done in eastern Uganda indicates.

This information is contained in the report of a cohort study titled “Children with Cerebral Palsy (CP) in Uganda: Prevalence and Mortality” which was done among 41,319 children aged 2–17 years.

The report by researchers from Makerere University School of public health and Swedish Karolinska Institutet was released last Friday.

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