Epilepsy: Hundreds Attend Cheptebo Free Medical Camp

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Over 200 epileptic patients have been attended to in the past one week at AIC Cheptebo Rural Development Centre.

This follows a free medical camp organized by the County government of Elgeyo Marakwet. The county supported the initiative by providing Health personnel and drugs.

Speaking during the official closure of the event on Thursday, June 16, 2022, County Health Chief Officer Mary Kipchumba said patients from as far as the neighboring Baringo and Nandi counties were attended to.

We are happy that everyone who showed up was attended to. We provided drugs and deployed our staff to the Centre and they have been stationed here for the last three days,” said Kipchumba.

Dr. Patrick Kosgei, acting Medical Services Director challenged patients to ensure that they adhere to medication as prescribed by the physician.

The epilepsy free medical camp has been an annual partnership event between the County Government of Elgeyo Marakwet and AIC Cheptebo from the year 2015.

Health acting County Executive Committee Member (CECM) Abraham Barsosio who presided over the closure of the event on behalf of Governor Alex Tolgos challenged the local communities to ensure they seek professional medication for the disease.

For many years, our people have associated this condition with curses and sorcery which is not true,” said Barsosio.

The CECM said he was hopeful that some of the initiatives such as the free medical camp introduced by Governor Tolgos would continue to be undertaken by the next government.

Epilepsy is a neurological disorder marked by sudden recurrent episodes of sensory disturbance, loss of consciousness, or convulsions associated with abnormal electrical activity in the brain.

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