World Stroke Day : Anambra Holds First Stroke Symposium.
The government of Anambra state has through the office of the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Health, held the Anambra 1st Stroke Awareness and Assessment Symposium to mark the 2018 World Stroke Day aimed at raising awareness and educating Ndi Anambra on the prevention and treatment of the condition.
The event which was first of its kind in Anambra state was organised by Hon. Mrs Kate Edozieh, SSA Health, in collaboration with Stroke Investigative Research Network (SIREN) and sponsored by AkaOma Campaign Organization held at the Main Hall of Tourist Garden Hotel, Aguleri.
The symposium which has as its “Theme as :Promoting Good Health and Welbeing (SDG3) by Creating Awareness on Stroke” saw over a thousand participants from across the state grace it in high spirits. The event was used to assess the participant’s stroke risks factors like high blood pressure, obesity and blood sugar; as free medical tests were administered to them ranging from Hepatitis B & C Virus, HPB tests, free medical consultation and drug prescription.
World Stroke Day is observed on every October 29 to underscore the serious nature and high risks of stroke , raise awareness of the prevention and treatment of the condition, and ensure better care and support for survivors. On this day, organizations around the world have facilitated events emphasizing education, testing, and initiatives to sensitize the damaging effects of stroke worldwide
Stroke has been and continues to be a widespread disease worldwide, afflicting over 15 million people each year. Of these 15 million, almost six million die and a further five million are left permanently disabled. A new person suffers from stroke every six seconds
The epoch event was Chaired by Dr Ifeanyichukwu Ike and had other very important personalities like Hon. Chinedu Obidigwe (Anambra East/West House of Representatives Candidate for APGA), Dr Vero Okechukwu (SSA to Governor Obiano on Political Matters), Prof. Mayowa O. Owolabi(Chief Medical Director, Blossom Specialist Medical Centre; First Neuro-Rehabilitation Centre in Sub Saharan Africa who was represented at the occasion by Dr. Kingsley Nwaknwo, Mr Dhananjay Jagtap, Director Operations for Philips Pharmaceuticals who stood in for Willie Obiano Expanded Support Group amongst others.
The lecture for the event was delivered by Dr. Kingsley Nwankwo. He educated the participants on the the importance of assessing stroke risks.
To manage or asses stroke risks, “Know your personal risk factors: high blood pressure, diabetes, and high blood cholesterol. Be physically active and exercise regularly. Maintain a healthy diet high in fruit and vegetable and low in salt to stay a healthy state and keep blood pressure low. Limit alcohol consumption. Avoid cigarette smoke. If you smoke, seek help to stop now. Learn to recognize the warning signs of a stroke and how to take action”, Dr. Nwankwo advised.
The program was also used to celebrate the fifth year Anniversay of United Anambra Youths Assembly (U-AYA) and Ebelechukwu Obiano Ladies Movement (EOLM).
Speaking at the occasion, the president of U-AYA, Hon. Chinedu Obidigwe (Akaoma) appreciated the members of the groups for their doggedness in standing by the leadership to achieve the successes thus far. He informed the participants that hopes are high for the group if by Grace of God he wins the 2019 general election of which he is contesting for House of Representatives.