Myanmar celebrates first International Epilepsy Day in Yangon

Yangon Region Chief Minister U Myint Swe views equipment used in treatment of epilepsy at the ceremony to mark International Epilepsy Day. Photo: Khaing Thanda Lwin
Yangon Region Chief Minister U Myint Swe views equipment used in treatment of epilepsy at the ceremony to mark International Epilepsy Day. Photo: Khaing Thanda Lwin

Yangon, 8 Feb —The Ministry of Health in cooperation with the World Health Organization (WHO) organized the celebration of International Epilepsy Day on Sunday, the first-time event in Myanmar, with the aim of promoting public awareness about epilepsy.
“The event is also aimed at improving the participatory role of government as well as other organizations in reducing the treatment gap among people with epilepsy and correcting public misunderstandings about the disease,” said Yangon Region Chief Minister U Myint Swe at the ceremony.
To promote awareness of epilepsy rights around the world, the day created by the International Bureau for Epilepsy (IBE) and the International League Against Epilepsy (ILAE), is a global event celebrated annually on the 2nd Monday of February.
Events are taking place around the world to mark the first International Epilepsy Day.
The WHO said more than 50 million people around the world are suffering from epilepsy, estimating Myanmar has over 500,000 epilepsy patients.
In a speech, Dr Win Myint, deputy health minister, said, only 25 percent of people with epilepsy from developing countries, including Myanmar,have easy access to medical treatment.
Patients from four sub-urban townships in Yangon and one in Nay Pyi Taw have received free medical services under the four-year epilepsy project that has been conducted by the health ministry and the WHO since 2013 in order to reduce treatment gap in the country. GNLM

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