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Epilepsy cases in the Philippines "rising"

16 September, 2003

A Philippine neurologist has expressed "alarm" at the rising number of cases of epilepsy diagnosed in the country, according to a report in the Sun Star Dumaguete.

Dr Brenda Diputado, from the Silliman University Medical Center Foundation and member of the Philippine League of Epilepsy (PLE), lamented that the Department of Health is not giving importance and priority to epilepsy cases in the country.

Diputado said that while she has however said she has no exact data on the number of deaths due to epilepsy, records show more than 1,200 cases of epilepsy for the last 10 years.

The first week in September was declared National Epilepsy Week by President Macapagal-Arroyo following the recommendation of the PLE