Dementia A Disease, Not Witchcraft – Expert
Hallucination among the aged should not be treated as witchcraft but a medical condition which could be handled by experts.
A lecturer at the second Oyo state public lecture on dementia, a neurologist at University Teaching hospital, UCH, Ibadan, Dr. Anah Farombi stated this while presenting a paper entitled dementia not witchcraft at pensioner’s hall, Jericho Ibadan.
Dr Farombi who explained that dementia was a disease of the brain which results in memory loss, maintained that people should not discriminate against people suffering from it.
She condemned the situation whereby old people suffering from dementia were being molested and harassed publicly in the name of witchcraft, advising that any aged one with strange behaviors should be given appropriate medical attention.
Dr Farombi highlighted risk factors of dementia to include, age, gender, genetic, smoking and alcoholism.
National project coordinator, Health care package for improving quality of care of ageing population in Nigeria , HEPIQ-C, Dr Saidu Ahmed who said the programme was timely, hinted that the present administration was doing all to ensure enhanced and improved quality of care for the elderly.
Oyo state governor, engineer Seyi Makinde in a message through the state deputy Head of Service,Olawale Mogbonjubola pledged the determination of the state government to take good care of the elderly.