Some mothers are giving their babies alcohol to prevent epilepsy

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The Civil Society Scaling up Nutrition Alliance (CSO-SUN Alliance) is concerned about reports of women giving children alcohol in an attempt to prevent epilepsy.

CSO-SUN Alliance country coordinator, Mathews Mhuru, some women are giving alcohol, mostly lagers, to babies as young as 3 months as a preventive measure against epilepsy resulting in some shunning seeking treatment.

Mhuru notes that with the disease already associated with myths such as witchcraft in Zambia, serious community engagement by government and other stakeholders such as the Epilepsy Association of Zambia is required order to protect the health of children.

He has since appealed to government and other stakeholders such as Epilepsy Association of Zambia to engage and sensitize the public to dispel the myth associated with epilepsy.

Mhuru says giving alcohol to children has serious health implications on their lives and effects may include cancer of the liver, loss of appetite, vitamin deficiencies, stomach ailments, heart and central nervous system damage and memory loss.

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