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Dr Ernest Madu talks about Cardiac disease and Africa

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  1. Fikayo Olagunju says:

    Cardiac disease and Africa
    This is a wonderful kind of lecture session for me,which shows the impact of Cardiac disease in relation to Africa and her environment.I have come to realize that; it’s the class of diseases that involve the heart or blood vessels (arteries and veins),and not only the Heart.It therefore enlarge my horizon on the above topic,and encourage me to seek for more information about it.As one of the major cause of death in Africa,people should desist from second hand form of smoking.They should watch out for the symptoms,causes and the prevention of the Cardiac disease.And in case they notice anyone of the symptoms,they should not hesitate to consult a medical personnel as soon as possible.The following are the statistics:
    WARNING! EXTRAPOLATION ONLY! NOT BASED ON COUNTRY-SPECIFIC DATA SOURCES. The following table attempts to extrapolate the above prevalence rate for Cardiovascular Disease to the populations of various countries and regions. These prevalence extrapolations for Cardiovascular Disease are only estimates, based on applying the prevalence rates from the US (or a similar country) to the population of other countries, and therefore may have very limited relevance to the actual prevalence of Cardiovascular Disease in any region:

    Country/Region Extrapolated Prevalence Population Estimated Used
    Cardiovascular Disease in Northern Africa (Extrapolated Statistics)
    Egypt 17,294,326 76,117,4212
    Libya 1,279,529 5,631,5852
    Sudan 8,894,692 39,148,1622
    Cardiovascular Disease in Western Africa (Extrapolated Statistics)
    Congo Brazzaville 681,172 2,998,0402
    Ghana 4,716,119 20,757,0322
    Liberia 770,372 3,390,6352
    Niger 2,581,181 11,360,5382
    Nigeria 4,032,985 12,5750,3562
    Senegal 2,465,671 10,852,1472
    Sierra leone 1,336,854 5,883,8892
    Cardiovascular Disease in Central Africa (Extrapolated Statistics)
    Central African Republic 850,313 3,742,4822
    Chad 2,167,213 9,538,5442
    Congo kinshasa 13,249,972 58,317,0302
    Rwanda 1,871,875 8,238,6732
    Cardiovascular Disease in Eastern Africa (Extrapolated Statistics)
    Ethiopia 16,208,088 71,336,5712
    Kenya 7,493,729 32,982,1092
    Somalia 1,886,854 8,304,6012
    Tanzania 8,195,497 36,070,7992
    Uganda 5,996,021 26,390,2582
    Cardiovascular Disease in Southern Africa (Extrapolated Statistics)
    Angola 2,494,391 10,978,5522
    Botswana 372,442) 1,639,2312
    South Africa 10,098,954 44,448,4702
    Swaziland 265,658 1,169,2412
    Zambia 2,505,101 11,025,6902
    Zimbabwe 834,268 1,2671,8602

    Emzor, keep it up and have a wonderful weekend.And Emzorites, beware!

  2. Adelowo kemisola says:

    What an educative piece! I used to think that being overweight was the only precursor to cardiovascular diseases so i used to feel safe but now i know my lifestyle equally puts me at great risk. Thanks to emzor, im wiser. Emzorite 4 life!

  3. Yekini bodunrin says:

    Its a pity that we africans get to suffer so much hardship. The situation of most african economies doesnt allow its citizens to eat healthy diets or be educated about cardiovascular diseases. Our leaders are too busy embezzling, sponsoring wars or trying to retain their positions. The level of illiteracy in africa is alarming. Emzor, more grease to your elbows for taking the pains to enlighten us on cardiovascular diseases. Emzor rocks!

  4. Olofin olamide says:

    Is this not d same disease dat killed d popular singer MICHELE JACKSON? what a disease,nice writeup,thanks 4 showing us d way 4ward.thanks alot.UP EMZOR.

  5. Tolulope Esan says:

    Its a fact that Barriers to planning and
    providing care for people with
    cardiovascular disease
    compound the problem. For
    example, inadequate
    classification of deaths from
    cardiovascular disease in South
    Africa and of differences in
    patterns of risk and disease
    among ethnic groups hampered
    effective planning.5 Providers of
    primary and secondary health
    care in Nigeria reported barriers
    to managing cardiovascular risk
    which included inadequate
    financing, low competence
    among health workers, and poor
    laboratory support.6 And
    another study in Gambia found
    that poor recording of
    demographic data hindered the
    smooth execution of a project
    for people with cardiovascular
    disease.7 Furthermore, and
    unsurprisingly, Africa has the
    lowest output in the world of
    cardiovascular research.8
    There is hope though, and some
    attention has finally been
    focused on cardiovascular
    disease in Africa. The
    International Forum for
    Hypertension Control and
    Prevention in Africa published
    clinical management guidelines
    for the whole continent in 2003.9
    National initiatives to identify risk
    factors and set guidelines are
    now under way. Some countries
    have carried out national
    epidemiological surveys, a few
    have begun to continually
    monitor and assess their
    programmes, and some
    countries, South Africa and
    Nigeria among them, have their
    own guidelines for managing
    hypertension.
    Such national and local
    strategies are essential, not least
    because measures imported
    wholesale from developed
    countries may not always be
    directly applicable locally. Health
    authorities and doctors know
    what they need to do to tackle
    cardiovascular disease. But
    difficulties such as underfunding,
    poor infrastructure, inadequate
    access to cheap generic drugs
    and fixed dose combinations,
    and lack of public recognition
    and acceptance of the
    importance of cardiovascular
    disease will continue to hinder
    the effective implementation of
    both population based health
    programmes and those aimed at
    people at high risk. The
    continent’s people need
    education on health issues like this. Thanx 2 emzor pharma. n Dr. Madu, we rly appreciate this piece.

  6. Tolulope Esan says:

    Its a known fact that barriers to planning and
    providing care for people with
    cardiovascular disease
    compound the problem. For
    example, inadequate
    classification of deaths from
    cardiovascular disease in South
    Africa and of differences in
    patterns of risk and disease
    among ethnic groups hampered
    effective planning.5 Providers of
    primary and secondary health
    care in Nigeria reported barriers
    to managing cardiovascular risk
    which included inadequate
    financing, low competence
    among health workers, and poor
    laboratory support.6 And
    another study in Gambia found
    that poor recording of
    demographic data hindered the
    smooth execution of a project
    for people with cardiovascular
    disease.7 Furthermore, and
    unsurprisingly, Africa has the
    lowest output in the world of
    cardiovascular research.8
    There is hope though, and some
    attention has finally been
    focused on cardiovascular
    disease in Africa. The
    International Forum for
    Hypertension Control and
    Prevention in Africa published
    clinical management guidelines
    for the whole continent in 2003.9
    National initiatives to identify risk
    factors and set guidelines are
    now under way. Some countries
    have carried out national
    epidemiological surveys, a few
    have begun to continually
    monitor and assess their
    programmes, and some
    countries, South Africa and
    Nigeria among them, have their
    own guidelines for managing
    hypertension.
    Such national and local
    strategies are essential, not least
    because measures imported
    wholesale from developed
    countries may not always be
    directly applicable locally. Health
    authorities and doctors know
    what they need to do to tackle
    cardiovascular disease. But
    difficulties such as underfunding,
    poor infrastructure, inadequate
    access to cheap generic drugs
    and fixed dose combinations,
    and lack of public recognition
    and acceptance of the
    importance of cardiovascular
    disease will continue to hinder
    the effective implementation of
    both population based health
    programmes and those aimed at
    people at high risk. The
    continent’s people need
    education on health issues like this. Thanx 2 emzor 4 ewell africa,a brilliant concept of educating people n putting africa in mind.
    Thanx 2 Doctor Ernest Madu for this enlightenment.

  7. Tolulope Esan says:

    Its a known fact that barriers to planning and
    providing care for people with
    cardiovascular disease
    compound the problem. For
    example, inadequate
    classification of deaths from
    cardiovascular disease in South
    Africa and of differences in
    patterns of risk and disease
    among ethnic groups hampered
    effective planning.5 Providers of
    primary and secondary health
    care in Nigeria reported barriers
    to managing cardiovascular risk
    which included inadequate
    financing, low competence
    among health workers, and poor
    laboratory support.6 And
    another study in Gambia found
    that poor recording of
    demographic data hindered the
    smooth execution of a project
    for people with cardiovascular
    disease.7 Furthermore, and
    unsurprisingly, Africa has the
    lowest output in the world of
    cardiovascular research.8
    There is hope though, and some
    attention has finally been
    focused on cardiovascular
    disease in Africa. The
    International Forum for
    Hypertension Control and
    Prevention in Africa published
    clinical management guidelines
    for the whole continent in 2003.9
    National initiatives to identify risk
    factors and set guidelines are
    now under way. Some countries
    have carried out national
    epidemiological surveys, a few
    have begun to continually
    monitor and assess their
    programmes, and some
    countries, South Africa and
    Nigeria among them, have their
    own guidelines for managing
    hypertension.
    Such national and local
    strategies are essential, not least
    because measures imported
    wholesale from developed
    countries may not always be
    directly applicable locally. Health
    authorities and doctors know
    what they need to do to tackle
    cardiovascular disease. But
    difficulties such as underfunding,
    poor infrastructure, inadequate
    access to cheap generic drugs
    and fixed dose combinations,
    and lack of public recognition
    and acceptance of the
    importance of cardiovascular
    disease will continue to hinder
    the effective implementation of
    both population based health
    programmes and those aimed at
    people at high risk. The
    continent’s people need
    education on health issues like this. Thanx 2 emzor 4 ewell africa,a brilliant concept of educating people n putting africa in mind.
    Thanx 2 Doctor Ernest Madu for this enlightenment.

  8. marvelous james says:

    thank you Emzor for bringing the talk of Dr Madu to us. but can we answer this simple question “what have we learnt so far and what are we going to do with what we have learn?
    in summary, we have seen that hypertension, diabetics, the food we eat, over weight, lack of excises, etc are all contributing factor to this killer disease. but looking at the Nigeria attitude towards sickness and health care, you can agree with me that we have a long way to go. for example some that have hypertension for example do not even care to check the BP regularly except when they are really down. I think those of us reading this piece should help to educate our friends, relations, neighbor, concerning the implication of not taking proper care of our health. talk of exercise, that is another big issue especially to our youths. how many of our youths can trek 2 meters these days. it is either they are on bike or cars. in this regard, physical education I am advocating should return in our schools. {any way how many schools have fields to day when every flat and make shift shanties have been turned to school} the government should look into that.
    another point worth considering is the attitude of our money bags and politicians who will want to go abroad to treat headache. don’t they think it will be better if we can put our hospitals in order? we should take example from one of our own who established a heart foundation. how many lives has that foundation saved since inception? that is how a patriot should act.

  9. Lawal muhammed gbolahan says:

    ..thumbs up emzor,thanx for sharing this with us…infact,av been metamorphosised for better with all these ur write ups…its really cool as my mates thought av registered in a foreign institutn sinx deyve seen me b4 writing up my comments..more power to elbow.

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