Consultant Cardiologist at the University College Hospital Ibadan, Dr Ikechukwu Ogah expressed that heart failure is not given the right attention it deserves in Nigeria.
During a press conference recently held in Lagos, Dr. Ogah said,
“All heart failure patients, regardless of their symptoms are at high risk of dying. 76 per cent of heart failure patients struggle to perform their daily activities and 63 per cent report symptoms that are consistent with depression”.
From left: Consultant Cardiologist, University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan, Dr. Ikechukwu Ogah; Consultant Cardiologist, Aminu Kano University Teaching Hospital (AKTH), Prof. Kamilu Karaye; Consultant Cardiologist, Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), Prof. Amam Mbakwem; the Chairman of the Occasion/Consultant Cardiologist, Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital (OAUTH), Prof. Micheal Balogun; Consultant Cardiologist, University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital (UPTH), Dr. Maclean Akpa; Consultant Cardiologist, University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital (UITH), Prof. Ibraheem Katibi; and Consultant Cardiologist, University of Abuja Teaching Hospital (UATH), Dr. Dike Ojji, during a Heart Failure Awareness event held in Lagos at Sheraton Hotel, Ikeja. November 24, 2017.
The press conference, which was put together by Novartis, was aimed at educating the public on the dangers of heart failure, correcting the wrong perceptions about it and giving concrete information on preventions as well as management of heart diseases.
Prof. Michael Balogun, Consultant Cardiologist, Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital who chaired the conference said to newsmen,
“Heart failure being the end result of all heart diseases is worse than prostrate, breast and coronary cancer”. He further said the disease requires more attention, so that people at that time of their life, will live better, useful and longer life.
Prof. Michael Balogun as well as other cardiologists present at the event urged the public to pay more attention to their health, eat healthy, do regular exercise and never joke with regular medical checkups.