Key to treating epilepsy is talking about it and community engagement: WHO

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This is my well as you're news. Epilepsy affect some fifty million people around the world and eight intent of these live in low to middle income countries. The World Health Organization said on Thursday in interview with you News's Samuel moon guy. WHO's Dr Taryn Dur explains how to help sufferers and what the strategies are that are being put in place to reduce stigma faced by those with the condition. So one of the reason for the high stigma associated with epilepsy is because of the presentation, you had those recurrent body movements. And sometimes, you don't know what are they happen in your afraid about it because it seems you don't have control of your body. And that's why people think that it may be a form of, for example, due to a devil, or things like that. And that because these are unpredictable it when are they going to happen? And so people are afraid that this would mean that you would not like to be interacting, or working closely. It's people like that. And that's the reason for plastic method PC so emergent before there was an what to do during. Ability seizure. What shouldn't you do? So a few things that you should not be doing that to get stressed about it between stop by itself. So I think that's a very important message the other things that are in terms of, don't do his put anything in the mouth, people feel that you might swallow your tongue and so that is impossible. So don't put on drive to open them out. Don't try to restrain. I think these are some of the important don'ts in case of epilepsy. When someone has a heart attack an appeal of see both of them involve convulsive seizures. How could you tell the difference between a heart attack and seizure? This would mean that you would need to do some special tests to understand what is the cause of the person is having these abnormal movement. A good clinical history that is the most important to understand because if you have hard tax, you don't only have abnormal movement, you have other symptoms. For example, you would have been you would have sweating and some of these things that are not seen in a person with epilepsy. Then you would need some these diagnostic tests, less for example, in. Case of heart attack, you would need to electrocardiogram in epilepsy, you would need to do electrons flow Graham, so it is diagnostic investigations can also help you. So how big is this problem epilepsy? So epilepsy is a rain disease common across the world, it affects around fifty million people worldwide and if I look into the numbers, exactly between one in one hundred or one in two hundred people across the world will have epilepsy at any given time. So these are substantially high numbers, it affects people, both sexes all ages. But more common in children and older adults. So what are some of the strategies both in the community legislative wise and into workplace that are being taken to make more awareness of decision. So the most important is having an awareness and advocacy campaign to reduce the stigma around epilepsy. It is important that people with epilepsy should talk about it. I think that's extremely important. What we need protective legislations and policies. For example, people should be allowed to marry. People should be allowed to drive there should not be discriminatory. Employments children with epilepsy, should be allowed to go to schools. So these are very important legislative policy community based intervention strategies that can be undertaken to decrease the stigma and discrimination associated with epilepsy. What it requires is also working together with civil society organizations people with epilepsy and their families because they are the ones to tell you about it that this is a condition, not to be afraid on, this is a condition which requires social inclusion.

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