Obiako, who is also a researcher on stroke & epilepsy, noted epilepsy was not curable, stating that most of the time, treatment was for life.

To further reduce the incidence of crisis, the neurologist urged persons living with epilepsy to regularly take antiepileptic drugs.

Obiako further dismissed popular claims that the spittle or foamy secretions from epileptic patients during their crisis could infect people close by with the condition.

He added, “It is not a communicable disease, because it is not an infection and has no vector. It can start from childhood if the child suffers brain injury in the uterus or from birth or after birth and can be prevented if the brain is protected and injury is prevented.

“Once brain injury leads to epilepsy, it cannot be outgrown, although there could be some remission for years with regular treatment.”