Cuba Producing Drugs to Treat Epilepsy
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- 03 / 15 / 2009
“Almost 80 percent of all people who suffer from epilepsy in Cuba have been able to control it through clinical-drug treatment and our country has developed a line of medicines to treat this disease,” said Dr. Salvador González, president of the Cuban League against Epilepsy.
González said that the International Neurological Restoration Center (CIREN) has performed 25 surgeries on patients who suffer from cases of epilepsy that are difficult to treat with drugs.
González said that epilepsy does not represent a serious health problem in Cuba, with 3 to 9 patients per every 1,000 people; much lower than other Latin American countries such as Panama and Mexico, where there are from 25 to 50 patients per every 1,000 people.
“An estimated 80 percent of the 50 million people who suffer from epilepsy worldwide are not treated because they are poor. For example, Africa is one of the continents with the greatest number of patients precisely because it is one the poorest and lacks hospitals, doctors and drugs,” he said.