Epilepsy or “seizure disorders” is the fourth most common neurological disorder and affects people of all ages. It is characterised by unpredictable seizures and can cause other health problems.
The disorder affects 1 in every 100 people in South Africa.
Causes of epilepsy
In approximately 66% of cases the underlying cause of epilepsy is unknown. In the remaining cases the underlying causes can be identified and include:
- Head injury which may occur at any age
- Birth injury such as the lack of oxygen during the birth process
- Alcohol and drug abuse
Helping a Person during a Seizure
- Protect the person from injury by moving objects away and cushioning their heads (if possible)
- Do not restrict movement or put anything in the mouth
- Help breathing by laying the person on their side once the seizure ends
- Stay with the person until they have fully recovered
The Scheme covers members for Epilepsy under Chronic Diseases. For further information click here: https://samwumed.org/understand-your-benefits/