South Africa marks the National Epilepsy Week
As South Africa marks the National Epilepsy Week this week, experts believe increased awareness could go a long way towards addressing the many challenges faced by people with the condition. According to the non-profit organization, Epilepsy South Africa, about one in every 100 people has epilepsy in the country. Epilepsy is a chronic condition in which a person experiences recurrent seizures. Also referred to as 'fits', seizures are caused by a sudden increase of excess electrical activity within the brain. Seizure signs and symptoms may include temporary confusion, a staring spell, uncontrollable jerking movements of the arms and legs. Kandas Kandawire is a Social Worker at the non-profit organisation, Epilepsy South Africa..