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Study to unveil best way to prevent stroke in Nigeria

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Respite may be coming the way of thousands of people affected by stroke as a five-year study to design an initiative to prevent the re-occurrence of the disease in Nigerians commences at four hospitals in the country.

Tagged:“Tailored Hospital-based Risk Reduction to Impede Vascular Events after Stroke”, the study is to involve experts from Medical. University of South Carolina, USA, University of California, San Diego, USA  and the College of Medicine, University of Ibadan, Oyo State.

Speaking on the study, Dr Mayowa Owolabi, a consultant neurologist and co-principal investigator of the study, stated that in Nigeria, about one incidence of stroke now occur every minute.

The expert, who declared that more people as they age stand a higher risk of developing stroke, said the incidence of the disease was currently under-reported in the country.

On the study, he said “we are interested in what the patients of stroke think had caused it; their caregivers and other people involved in the care of stroke patients.

“Based on the information gathered from all of them we should be able to develop what we think may assist them in preventing another stroke and if that model works, we intend to even use it to prevent stroke occurring at all.

“ At the end, we aim to improve the quality of life of those who have had stroke and to reduce the number of those who will develop stroke.”

Another member of the team, Dr Samantha Hurst, a medical anthropologist and qualitative researcher at the University of California, San Diego stated that “ it is probably one of the very few studies where patients have the opportunity to share what their experience is like to be a stroke victim.

“It will give them a greater sense of ownership because they know that the physicians and health care providers are listening to them and provide an opportunity to build the relationship between patient and physician. The mutual decision-making will, overall, strengthen patients’ compliance in the long run.”

Dr Oyedunni Arulogun, a senior lecturer, Department of Health Promotion and Education, however, assured that the intervention when designed would be culturally senstive and appropriate.

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