Increasing stroke cases in Lagos community worries medical director


The Medical Director, General Hospital, Ifako Ijaiye, Lagos, Dr Olusola Amure, has expressed concern over the increasing number of stroke cases recorded in the hospital.

Amure told newsmen on the sidelines of a sensitisation walk and seminar in commemoration of the World Stroke Day in Lagos, that this necessitated the sensitisation on preventive measures.

The  programme was organised by the hospital’s Department of Community Health in collaboration with the Primary Healthcare Department, Ifako Ijaiye Local Government.

Theme of the event was: “Think Prevention: Don’t Be The One.”

Amure said that the hospital decided to conduct the outreach in order to carry prevention to the community, rather than waiting for it to degenerate to stroke case and exert pressure on medical facility.

“We know that in Africa today, stroke is responsible for four to nine per cent of death, but in the western world, it is the third leading cause of death.

Before we get to the level of it being the third leading cause of death, we decided to address it, especially when we begin to have more stroke patients coming into the hospital.

Since the beginning of this year, we have had too many stroke cases, that is why for the first time, we are marking World Stroke Day.

We will continue the sensitisation through daily health talks to people that visit the hospital,” the expert said.

He advised people to maintain healthy diet, eat plenty of fruits and vegetables, avoid sedentary lifestyle by exercising, for at least 30 minutes, within five days of the week and reduce intake of sugar and salt.

Also, Dr Benjamin Eniayewu, the Permanent Secretary, Lagos State Health Service Commission, commended the hospital for the initiative it took to reduce stroke cases in the state.

Eniayewu advised the hospital to collaborate with the Medical Officer in the local government to map out programmes that would identify residents and preventive measures to keep them from having stroke.