Neurologist canvasses establishment of more stroke units in teaching hospitals
NeuroAid promises to improve patients’ mobility, speech
A consultant neurologist at the University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital (UITH), Prof Kolawole Wahab, has urged government to establish stroke units in the various teaching hospitals in the country apparently to reduce death caused by poor management of the disease.
Wahad at the launch of NeuroAid drug in Lagos said that the five stroke units in the country were not sufficient to manage the increasing number of stroke patients in Nigeria.
According to him, “the government can assist by providing the necessary facilities at the institutions of higher learning. Stroke unit care will require a neurologist even if it is just one, although it will be hectic because that person will be on call for 24 houres. Also a good support services will be needed, that is neuro radiology to do CT scan. There is also the need for trained stroke nurses, physiotherapists, neurosurgeons, speech therapist. All these people will work together to form a unit.”
Wahab added: “No day passed at the varsity’s teaching hospital without a case of stroke being recorded. The disease had become an epidemic, It is epidemic is here. One in every six persons worldwide has stroke. One in six seconds dies of it. Seventeen million people experience it yearly while six million don’t survive it. We need to do something about it.”
He warned that there are several unreported cases of the disease, adding that while it is prevalent among elderly Whites, it is more with the Blacks who are in their productive years.