Epilepsy is curable, stop seeking spiritual help – Psychiatrist

Dr Francis Oppong, a Psychiatric Specialist at the Okomfo Anokye Teaching Kospital (KATH), has admonished the public to seek professional help for epileptic patients rather than resorting to spiritual intervention at prayer camps.

He said epilepsy was curable with medical treatment and cautioned against over-reliance on spiritual treatment for the sickness.
He was speaking to SilverNEWS Nana Peprah after a sensitization programme on epilepsy organized by the Psychiatric Unit of KATH, as part of activities to mark World Epilepsy Day on Monday.
Dr. Oppong said attributing epilepsy to witchcraft and other spiritual causes without getting timely medical attention for sufferers, could only aggravate the conditions of patients and urged their families to seek for prompt medical attention.
He said though it was difficult to cure advanced epilepsy, it was still manageable to allow patients to live normal lives.
”Epilepsy comes in different ways …. It sometimes comes in stages….. it affects the brain which at some point it changes the behaviour of a person from normal to abnormal”
”We have engaged the public through education and maintained that epilepsy can be treated medically”
”Our research reveals that when patients to resort to our medical treatment system they regain their health so we do not agree to the fact that it is a spiritual sickness”
”It is also not contagious disease it happens sometimes when one gets brain injury in a car accident”


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