The Star (Nairobi)

23 November 2012

Kenya: Miss UON Named Epilepsy Ambassador

The reigning Miss University of Nairobi Bernice Mugambi has been picked as the ambassador to the National Epilepsy Co-ordination Committee.

Bernice's main job will be to help raise awareness on epilepsy in Kenya. The 21-year-old beauty queen, who is also epileptic, says she was honoured to be chosen as ambassador.

"It's such a noble cause and I will use my title and anything else I have to further the awareness of epileptics in Kenya," Bernice said.

The beauty queen reveals when she suffered her first seizures, most people told her that she was possesed by evil spirits and she should seek spiritual cleansing to "chase the devil away". Fortunately she went to a doctor who prescribed treatment, which controls her seizures.

"Do not let epilepsy be a reason to stay home and deny yourself education. It would not only take away your chance to get wiser and get more chances in the labour market but it would also take away the chance to interact with your peers.

We encourage all members of society to give moral support to people with epilepsy to make use of their right to education, and to be empowered with the knowledge they will gain," said the food, nutrition and dietics student.

She will headline a special road show campaign from today to move attitudes and reduce stigma associated with epilepsy under the the theme 'Kifafa ni ugonjwa, mwone daktari'.

The road show will culminate in a free medical camp for epilepsy at Uhuru Park in Nairobi from tomorrow. It will provide the opportunity for interactive sessions between medical experts and the general public.

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