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Rise in stroke-related deaths worry experts

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MOUNTING rise in global cases of stroke and stroke-related deaths among different ages and social classes has become a source of serious concern to health providers and experts worldwide.

President of Society of Neurological Sciences (NSNS), Prof Jude-Kennedy Emejulu, dropped this hint while speaking at a special event to commemorate the 2018 World Stroke Day.  The event was organised by NSNS in collaboration with World Health Organisation (WHO), Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), Nigerian Academy of Neurological Surgeons (NANS) and all tiers of Government in Nigeria and the world over.

According to the university don, while the world watches in anxiety as the morbidity and mortality rate of stroke related ailments and deaths sky rocket to epidemic proportions, evidence on ground shows that only little or nothing is being done by the regulatory authorities to track down the trend, explaining that personal habits and attitudes contribute to widening cases of stroke.

Emejulu also traced this development to some lukewarm attention of policy makers in the health industry to this rampaging non-communicable debilitator, whose impact is although avoidable but ameliorable by adopting the right policies in the healthcare industry.

Speaking further, Emejulu stated that while the Abuja Health Accord signed between African Heads of Government and WHO in 2001, pegged minimum allocation of each African nation to health at 15 per cent of annual budget, Nigeria is still a far cry from this mark.

According to him, yearly Nigerian budgetary allocation to health has hovered between 3-7 per cent for the past 20 years as obtained in most African countries, adding that only a rethink may be timely in combating the epidemiology of stroke.

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