The high number of epilepsy patients in the Kingdom has prompted the intervention of the Saudi Epilepsy Society to launch an awareness campaign on the disease in Riyadh.
Dr. Abdurrahman Sabagh, consultant neurosurgeon and supervisor of the campaign, told a local newspaper that the initiative aims to educate members of the community on epilepsy, its causes and treatment, as well as administering first aid to a patient with epilepsy in case of seizure.
The campaign targets youth in particular, being held at a number of schools, universities and malls. Pamphlets containing educational information in this regard will be distributed during the process.
A study conducted by Ahmad Al-Akeel and Sabagh, which included 7,078 subjects, has found that 76 percent of the respondents refuse to marry an epilepsy patient, 50.6 refuse to seek treatment, 92.6 do not know that a surgical procedure is available for the condition and 8.1 of respondents see the illness as a form of insanity.