Volume No. :   5

Issue No. :  4

Year :  2013

ISSN Print :  0975-4407

ISSN Online :  2321-5836


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Evaluating the Management of Epilepsy in the Ngie Community of the North West Region of Cameroon



Address:   Emmanuel N Tufon, Ogugua Victor N., Ambeise Umenjoh M. and Mbi Alice
Department of Medical Biochemistry, St Louis University Institute of Health and Biomedical Sciences, Cameroon. *Corresponding Author
DOI No: Not Available

ABSTRACT:
Epilepsy is one of the most common neurological disorder worldwide. In Cameroon the prevalence and incidence is very high in Ngie sub – division and despite the use of conventional and alternative interventions, the incidence and prevalence of seizures remains a major problem in the Ngie sub – division. This study was therefore aimed at evaluating the management of epilepsy at the Ngie community. A cross – sectional community based descriptive design was used in which 75 epileptic patients were randomly selected to take part. Data was collected through the use of a questionnaire survey. From the results obtained, phenobarbital (78%) was the most common anti – epileptic drug available and most of the epileptic patients (70.5%) rarely returned for check up. The 26% of the non - pharmacological management of epilepsy employed in the study area were mainly spiritual healing (6.4%) and diet control (1.5%). In conclusion, the drugs used in the management of epilepsy in Ngie are principally phenobarbital which patients complement or take concomitantly with other herbal drugs. The management strategy put in place in the Ngie sub – division is poor and needs to be readdressed.
KEYWORDS:
Epilepsy, Management, Ngie, Cameroon
Cite:
Emmanuel N Tufon, Ogugua Victor N, Ambeise Umenjoh M , Mbi Alice. Evaluating the Management of Epilepsy in the Ngie Community of the North West Region of Cameroon. Research J. Pharmacology and Pharmacodynamics. 2013; 5(4). 241-243.
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