Every year World Stroke Day is observed on October 29th to emphasize the serious nature and high rates of stroke. The day is also observed to raise awareness of the prevention and treatments of stroke.

Worldwide, brain stroke is the third leading cause of disability and second leading cause of death. Every year, approximately 18 million  people suffer from stroke. It is noted that low and middle income countries, of which Nigeria  is a part, have witnessed more than 100 percent increase in stroke whereas the developed countries have witnessed a drop of 42 percent.

According to our Chief Medical Director, Dr Obi Onukogu , “In 2010, World Stroke Organization (WSO) declared stroke a public health emergency to curb the trending mortality and disability due to the lack of awareness and proper accessibility of diagnosis and treatment to everyone.”

He further explained that , “This year, 2023, the World Stroke Day Theme is “Together we are #Greater Than Stroke.” It emphasizes the prevention of risk factors such as hypertension, irregular heartbeat, smoking, diet and exercise, as nearly 90% of strokes can be prevented by addressing the risk factors.”

As part of activities to celebrate this year’s event, our hospital has compiled a handbook of  “ 100 myths and facts on STROKE”. This will help to dispel the increasing wrong information and practices within the community , and get people better informed on risks , care and management of stroke.

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