The Neurologist Unit, University of Benin Teaching Hospital (UBTH) says it has admitted and treated no fewer than 2,500 stroke patients and trained over 10 consultant neurologists in the past 10 years that the unit was founded.
Head of the Unit, Professor Frank Imarhiagbe, disclosed this on Thursday at the 10th anniversary of the Unit held at Doctor’s house, Benin City. This year’s Stroke Day was themed: Join the Movement.
Prof. Imarhiagbe said UBTH, being the first to have a dedicated ward for stroke patients in Nigeria, has been able to develop a stroke diagnostic tool named the Benin ‘The Benin Stroke Score (BSS)’ and had published over 23 research papers in peers review journals.
“In the past ten years, we have admitted and treated over 2,500 patients; develop a stroke registry where we can give you details of all patients we have treated so far. We have developed a diagnostic stroke tool- ‘The Benin Stroke Score (BSS)’; published 23 research papers in peers review journals and trained over 10 consultant neurologists with 3 currently in training”, he said.
While stating that the Unit envisage to render the highest quality of service to stroke in/out-patients, the Neurologist advised those with high blood pressure to manage it with prescribed medications so as not to lead to stroke.
On his part, Guest Speaker at the event, Professor Mustapha Danesi said stroke is reversible if properly handled by expert, which according to him must be immediate.
While disclosing that unmanaged high blood pressure is dangerous and could lead to stroke, the expert advised regular exercise, taking of simple medicine as prescribed by Doctor as the way out.
He said, “Stroke is reversible once it is treated adequately. And the key is that, intervention must be made immediately; within few hours of stroke, there must be an expert treating it, and treating it correctly. And once you do that, it can be reversed.
“When you discover that your blood pressure is high, you try and reduce it with medicine. First of all, common lifestyle-reduce your salt intake; reduce your weight; be active. Take simple medicine as prescribed by doctors for you. We call it anti-hypertensive drugs. Once you take that, your blood pressure will be normalised.”