First Lady Thandiwe Banda has reaffirmed government’s commitment to provide Anti-Epileptic Drugs to those in need of the drugs.
Mrs. Banda noted that Anti-Epileptic Drugs which have been made accessible in most of the health centres have helped in reducing the number of Epilepsy seizure cases in the country.
She explained that Epilepsy is a condition that is associated with profound psychology, physical and social and has affected mostly children, women and the elderly.
She observed that stigma against people with Epilepsy has also increased which has made patients feel unaccepted in society.
Mrs. Banda said due to the stigma some epilepsy patients have gone to great lengths in their search to find a cure such as going to witch doctors and herbalists,among others.
She was speaking when she officiated at this year’s Seizure Free Patients’ Day in Lusaka today.
Mrs. Banda said it is the responsibility of all the communities in the country to encourage their patients to seek medical attention and ensure drug adherence if the free seizure society is going to be achieved.
She said governments also appreciate the concerted efforts made by cooperating partners in identifying people with Epilepsy and also bringing health care services closer to their communities.
The first lady further retaliate the importance of Doctor-Patient relationship saying health care providers should give correct information about Epilepsy to clients in simple terms to arrive at an appropriate treatment according the seizure pattern.
She however, advised Epilepsy patients in the country to adhere to medication and strive to aim high, adding that the condition can not stop them to progressing in life.
And speaking early, Epilepsy Association of Zambia (EAZ) Chairman Anthony Zimba said seizure cases in the country have reduced and that the condition of most patients has improved.
Mr. Zimba further noted that Zambia has performed well at the international level in its quest to achieve a seizure free society.
He further commended government through the Ministry of Health for the support it has been giving to his organization.
And Health Minster Kampamba Simbao in a speech read on his behalf by Ministry of Health Director for Technical Services Velepi Mtonga, bemoaned the increasing number stigma of epilepsy patients in schools and at workplaces.
Mr. Simbao also emphasized the need for other stakeholders to participate in the valuation of care and reduce the stigma attached to the condition.