Prof. Sunday Bwala, Chief Consultant Neurologist at the National Hospital, Abuja, on Tuesday attributed epilepsy to poverty.
Bwala described the disease as a “poor man’s problem” which often affect low income earners.
The consultant spoke at the 4th Annual General Meeting of the Nigerian Academy of Neurological Surgeons in Abuja.
He said that the disease was peculiar to patients with low income, adding that countries with low income suffered it the more.
Bwala said that infections and tuberculosis contributed majorly to falling sick leading to epileptic attack, adding that the disease could also result from trauma.
The neurologist said that people who were mostly affected by the disease were majorly those who could not afford the treatment, adding that the disease could be treated medically contrary to some belief.
He called on the Federal Government to fund the health sector to tackle some of the diseases which hitherto were termed incurable.
He said that if the Federal Government could invest in the health sector, the country would be a better place, adding that epilepsy was not a disease that defied medical solution.
Bwala said that epilepsy was not only hereditary, but it could be contacted via other diseases like meningitis, trauma and brain problem, among others.
Prof. Shokunbi Temitope, the President of Nigerian Academy of Neurological Surgeons, cautioned people against stigmatizing epileptic patients, adding that such disease could be treated.
He called on the Federal Government to invest more on the health sector, adding that the country had enough human resource to tackle some health issues.
He flayed public officers seeking medical attention overseas, saying “it is unacceptable’’ and called for more investment in the health sector