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Estimates: 120,000 living with Epilepsy in South Sudan

Author: Patricia John | Published: Saturday, September 24, 2022

Community Awareness on Epilepsy. (Photo: Initiative for Epilepsy Awareness - South Sudan.)

The Union of Persons with Disabilities says an estimated 120,000 people in South Sudan are living with Epilepsy, a brain disorder that causes recurring, unprovoked seizures.

The information officer Dominic Wani said at least one person out of 100 in the country is epileptic.

While speaking to Eye Radio on Thursday, Wani also noted that the report is based on estimates and not final.

“In the case of south Sudan. We will find 1 from 100 people are said to have epilepsy, 1 from 100 people is equivalence to 120,000 people in south Sudan, the estimated that they have epilepsy.”

Epilepsy is a brain disorder that causes recurring, unprovoked seizures. A person may likely suffer from epilepsy if they have at least two unprovoked seizures.

Seizures may relate to a brain injury or a family trait, but often the cause is completely unknown.

According to reports, around 50 million individuals around the world are afflicted with epilepsy.

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