Did you know? The colloquial terms for epilepsy in North West Cameroon is “fainting sick” “fainting fit” and “falling down sick”.
Did you know? About 35000 people suffer from Epilepsy in the North West Region of Cameroon
It is thought to be contagious, that you can catch epilepsy by touching someone during a seizure. Because of this, many people with epilepsy are not taken to places of safety during seizures. They suffer fatal or debilitating injuries from falling into open fires and bodies of water, and being abandoned in these dangerous environments during their seizure. They live a life of isolation.They have no voice in their communities
Myths about epilepsy: Many people in the North West Region of Cameroon believe that: · Epilepsy is contagious and by touching someone who is having a seizure u can get contaminated · Epilepsy is caused by black magic/ curses and witchcraft · Epilepsy is a spiritual illness and should be treated by traditional doctors and pastors · People with epilepsy cannot learn like other children · Hitting someone or putting their feet in an open fire during a seizure will stop the seizure . If an epileptic young girl have sexual intercourse with an elderly man in the community her epilepsy will be cured
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