Medical expert debunks notions on epilepsy

A medical practitioner, Dr. Chinekwu Anyanwu, has said that epilepsy and seizure diseases have no spiritual implications, as it is widely believed, but  are rather  natural diseases like any other sickness that deserves orthodox medical care involving experts.
Anyanwu, an Assistant Professor of Neurology and Neurosurgeon of Virginia Tech University School of Medicine Roanoke, VA, USA said this during a one-day free public medical treatment for people suffering from epilepsy and seizure disorder diseases held at Regions Stroke and Neuroscience Hospital, Mgbirichi in OhajiEgbema Council area of Imo State in partnership with Purple Clinic.
The medical icon, who is an American-trained neurologist with specialty in epilepsy and seizure diseases treatment, described Purple Clinic as a specialized free clinic they hold every third Thursday of the month for patients suffering from epilepsy and other seizure diseases.
According to her “Purple is the global colour associated with epilepsy and seizure diseases, the essence of the Purple Clinic is to help people suffering from epilepsy and other seizure diseases to have access to good medications at no cost; it is unfortunate that treatment of epilepsy and seizure diseases are expensive and deserves experts who are unfortunately limited.
Some people out of ignorance and probably poverty believing that the diseases are caused by spirits and witch-craft thus resorting for treatment at herbal or spiritual homes which often worsen the situation due to wrong believes and applications, It is through this Purple Clinic we organizes here every third Thursday that we have been able to assist them through evaluation, medication and enlightment.”
She also pointed out that they are partnering with some United States of America based companies that offer them the free drugs with which they are given the patients in their medications.
Anyanwu, who is also a medical director at Regions Stroke and Neuroscience Hospital, Mgbirichi, further said that during the monthly Purple Clinic,  they evaluate the patients, adjust their medications where there is need and treat them properly.
The medical expert further reported that most of the patients are responding positively to treatments and have become testimonials to the clinic and its services.
Anyanwu appealed to Nigerians to avail themselves with the services of the clinic especially those who cannot afford the cost of their medications noting that the patients are offered great opportunities as their personnel are experts from abroad and indigenous.

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