Dr. Bowah: ‘Epilepsy in Yarwin Mensonnoh Still Alarming’

first_imgDr. Collin Bowah, Nimba County Health OfficerThe Health Officer of Nimba County, Dr. Collins Bowah, has described as ‘alarming’ the continued spread of ‘epilepsy’ in the lower Nimba District of Yarwin Mensonnoh.Speaking to reporters in his office in Sanniquellie recently, he said the situation is becoming worrisome and needs serious attention.He said the County Health Center is making frantic efforts by distributing free drugs to patients, but the rate at which the disease is affecting people continues to rise, with cases reported in nearly all the towns and villages.Dr. Bowah added that the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare is investigating the cause, but couldn’t explain whether the cases add up to an epidemic.Epilepsy is a chronic disorder, the hallmark of which is recurrent, unprovoked seizures. A person is diagnosed with epilepsy if they have two unprovoked seizures (or one unprovoked seizure with the likelihood of more) that were not caused by some known and reversible medical condition like alcohol withdrawal or extremely low blood sugar, according to health authorities.Dr. Bowah broke silence on the issue in September last year in an interview, where he also talked about the rise in rabies (from dog bites) but said the Ministry of Health was carrying free medical drugs for those affected.Dr. Bowah disclosed that he has set aside three facilities in Nimba County as holding or treatment centers for an outbreak of any infectious disease.He named Saclepea, Karnplay, and Kpain as the communities where facilities are located, adding, “These facilities are equipped with manpower in readiness to respond to any situation. Presently, we need additional nurses, pharmacists, doctors, X-ray technicians to cope with the workload in the many health facilities in the county.”In a related development, early this year citizens expressed concern over the growing rate of mental illness in the county on a community radio station talk show program.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

SUNNY WEATHER PREDICTED FOR SUNDAY’S BLACK AND AMBER 5-MILER

first_imgThe 5-mile Black And Amber run takes place in Letterkenny tomorrow (Sunday) – with forecasters predicting bright wintry sunshine.Registration at the Aura Leisure Centre is from 10.30am with the run, walk and fun run starting at 11.30am.The annual race – hosted by St Eunan’s GAA Club and Letterkenny Athletic Club – always attracts a large entry of young and old, families and friends. So families, children, walkers and runners are all welcome this Sunday, January 4. SUNNY WEATHER PREDICTED FOR SUNDAY’S BLACK AND AMBER 5-MILER was last modified: January 3rd, 2015 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:black and amberLetterkenny ACSt Eunan’s GAA clublast_img read more