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11/02/2016

Neurologist says road traffic accidents are leading cause of epilepsy in Nigeria

Neurologist Dr Keji Komolafe has said that road traffic accidents involving commercial motorcycle riders are becoming a leading cause of epilepsy in Nigeria.
 

Dr Komolafe, consultant neurologist at the Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital Complex said: “now we see epilepsy in a lot of young adults because of people falling off commercial bicycles, popularly called okada. They were not wearing crash helmets. So, we need to need make people aware of this.

 

‘Properly worn helmets are said to reduce serious head injuries by 70 per cent and deaths almost by 40 per cent.”

Dr Komolafe added that epilepsy is more common in developing countries because of poor access to healthcare: "epilepsy affects 0.5 to one per cent of population. But its prevalence in Nigeria varies between 5 and 37 per 1,000 population with lower figures for areas where there are good health care services with good antenatal and post natal services and childhood immunisation.”