Riyad is 20 years old. He’s a farmer and lives with his family 30 minutes from a health centre in Jimma. Riyad is illiterate, has never been to school and has epilepsy. Prior to seeking treatment at the health centre he first tried a traditional method of management for his condition.
He attended a local traditional healer who advised him to take a powder, mixed with water and drunk every evening after dinner for a total of seven days. Unfortunately there was no improvement and, as with preceding weeks, he had four seizures. This failure to improve prompted him to come to the health centre and be started on anticonvulsant therapy. He now agrees that attending his appointments can help him feel better and, after being a regular attendee and taking his medication, has been free from attacks for ten months.
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