Nigerian Experts Worry Over Lack of Access to Treatment of Heart Disease

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Health experts in the field of cardiovascular and thoracic medicine have raised the alarm over poor access to treatment and services in Nigeria, they are lamenting that only 2 per cent have access to treatment abroad while 98 percent who can’t afford to fly out stay at home and die.

This results in more Nigerians dying from cardiovascular diseases which are characterised by disorders of the heart and blood vessels; they are four main types f cardiovascular diseases and they are heart disease, cancer, chronic respiratory diseases and diabetes.

Prof. Martin Aghaji, a Consultant Cardiothoracic Surgeon at the University of Enugu Teaching Hospital, was speaking at the inaugural meeting of the newly launched Nigerian branch of Association of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgeons, ACTSON and he said that Nigeria is in dire need of improved cardiothoracic practice and survival rates.

“I can tell you from our study that only 2 percent of the patients go abroad and 98 percent sit here and die. So there is need for us to galvanize and bring together the surgeons and cardiologists so that we can tackle this problem.”
“There is need for practitioners to prevent medical errors. If somebody has a heart attack there is a protocol for handling that. We want to unify how patients are handled because it saves life. If you don’t do that you find out that patients are handled haphazardly and there is a lot of loss of lives.”
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