Dr. Bruno Grand is a neurological consultant at Nottingham hospitals, UK. Photo Peter Kipkoech Kenda
Epilepsy is a neurological disease that surfaces due to brain dysfunction through excessive activation of cells in parts of the brain.
A neurological consultant from Nottingham University Hospital, Dr Bruno Grand, explains that the condition is frequent in Kenya compared to other parts of the world. The disease is affecting approximately 70 million people in the world, with an estimate of 800,000 to 1 million people affected in Kenya.
Speaking to Crowdpondent during his recent visit to Kenya, Dr Bruno Grand said that up to 70% of the patients living with the condition can live a normal life if accurately diagnosed and treated.
As it is a chronic condition, Dr Grand emphasises that continued treatment for epilepsy might take years and sometimes for the duration of the patient’s life. He says that a follow-up by medical experts is vital in ensuring that the disease is suppressed and controlled.
On the epilepsy condition treatments, the neurology expert emphasises to the patients that they should not expect immediate benefits but they should be patient and insist on reaching the appropriate level of drugs, which he says may be a trial and error effort.
“It is all well-grounded in evidence resulting from huge studies conducted over decades worldwide, so we do have a strong impression that there is more acceptance by the public of epilepsy actually being a medical condition,” Dr Grand explains. He added that, following the above sentiment, they have seen members of the public gradually trusting in medical services for epilepsy treatment.
Dr Bruno Grand, together with Elgeyo Marakwet’s county government and A.I.C Cheptebo Rural Development Centre, performs an annual free epilepsy medical camp in Kenya.