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FEDERAL NEURO-PSYCHIATRIC HOSPITAL, BENIN CITY MAR

Epilepsy awareness day (purple day) is an annual observance day celebrated worldwide on the 26th of March. The celebration is meant to create awareness of epilepsy and dispel the myths surrounding the neurological disorder. This year’s purple day enjoyed partnership with the Miconova Pharmaceutical, Norvaltis Pharmaceutical, the Medical Women Association of Nigeria (MWAN) Edo State chapter and Ivieva Foundation.

The Community and the Child & Adolescent Units of the Hospital held a week (22nd – 28th March 2021) long activity to mark this year’s purple day celebration. The programme kicked off on Monday as the member of the Community and Child and Adolescent Units sensitized themselves to the activities of the week.

On Tuesday, Gold Mark Education Academy was visited by the members of the team lead by Dr. Ehi Isa (Consultant Psychiatrist), she gave the awareness lecture on epilepsy to staff and students of the school. Thereafter, handbills, exercise books and snacks were distributed to those present.

On Wednesday, Dr Temitope Jegede (Consultant psychiatrist) granted an interview to Independent Television (ITV) on Epilepsy, later in the afternoon she led the team to Olua Primary School, where the second awareness lecture on epilepsy was given to the staff and students.

On Thursday, an Epilepsy awareness talk was given at the Outpatient Department to patients and relatives present and a similar talk was given to mothers who brought their babies for immunization at the community psychiatric unit. Both talks were delivered by Mrs. Odia Ranti (Occupational Therapist).

The Friday event took place at the Child and Adolescent Outpatient unit where patients and their parents/guardians were given an epilepsy awareness talk by Dr. Ijeghede a resident doctor in the Child and Adolescent unit of the hospital and the community mental health unit nurses. The week-long activity was rounded up on Sunday with a radio programme “My Pikin” on the pidgin English radio station “Speed FM 96.9” by Dr. Tolulope and Dr. (Mrs) Temitope Jegede (Paediatric Neurologist and Consultant Psychiatrist respectively). The programme created awareness on epilepsy, dispelled myths associated with epilepsy and the associated psychosocial issues. The public called in to contribute and ask questions.