First Lady Christine Kaseba – Sata says there is need to embrace people suffering from neurological disorders in order for them to openly seek treatment.
Dr Kaseba says neurological patients are stigmatized and avoiding treatment leads to negative social consequences of diagnosis.
She said many of these disorders can be presented and treated by applying effective interventions on the large.
The first lady was speaking during the official of the sixth regional teaching course on Epilepsy in Sub Saharan held at University Teaching In Lusaka, june 19th evening.
Dr Kaseba urged the delegates to quickly share the information with other health providers who may not have had the opportunity to be part of the training.
She encouraged the participants to take the course seriously and make a difference in the many lives of individuals suffering neurological disorders.
High level Health personnel attending the three day workshop are from Sub Saharan African countries Angola, Botswana , South Africa , Malawi and Zimbabwe and the hosts Zambia.
The objective of the workshop is to equip the delegates with the necessary information to make them become strong advocates who will ensure that awareness levels of neurology increase and that disorders of the disease get the deserved attention from decision makers.
More than 50 million people have epilepsy worldwide and approximately 6.2 million die annually. Eighty percent of these deaths take place in low and middle income countries such as Zambia where services and resources are scarce.