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Epilepsy Clinics

Epilepsy Clinics

Even when people with epilepsy decide to seek medical treatment they face an uphill task.  Firstly there are insufficient clinics in the country to cater for their needs.  At the present time there are three clinics in the Western Area, one clinic each in Bo, Pujehun and Bonthe in the Southern Province, one in Kailahun in the Eastern Province and one in Makeni in the Northern Province. In addition there are more than a dozen outreach clinics in every district in the country. However these clinics are largely in the capital towns and cities. The outreach clinics are held monthly by a team of Community Health Officers from the Epilepsy Association of Sierra Leone that travels to the district clinics on a fixed date.  Medication is provided in these clinics at minimal cost with exceptions to under-five children and pregnant mothers who get their medication free. People may have to travel long distances on bad roads to access these clinics often at significant costs.