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Stakeholders advocate increased neurological healthcare support in Nigeria

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By Abujah Racheal

A consortium of stakeholders, comprising medical professionals, patients advocacy groups, and non-profit organisations, has passionately appealed to influential philanthropists and the government to prioritise neurological healthcare in Nigeria.

During a press conference on Monday in Abuja, stakeholders addressed the critical state of Neurological Emergencies and Healthcare, specifically calling upon philanthropists like Aliko Dangote, and Abdul Samad Rabiu, to assist.

Amongst others were Femi Otedola, Tony Elumelu, Chief Arthur Eze, Theophilus Danjuma, Leo Stan Ekeh, Mike Adenuga, Jim Ovia, and others.

Ms. Chika Okwuolisa, Founder of the Brain and Spine Foundation Africa, underscored the potential impact of philanthropy on alleviating the financial burden for individuals and families grappling with neurological conditions, preventing unnecessary loss of lives.

Highlighting the urgency for funding, Okwuolisa appealed to Senate President, Godswill Akpabio, to facilitate crucial support for patients, emphasising the need for government intervention in allocating significant resources to neurological healthcare.

She outlined key areas requiring attention, including advocacy funding, pre-hospital care centres, an endowment fund, continuous training for healthcare staff, collaboration with non-profit organisations and conducive working conditions for healthcare professionals.

Dr Charles Ugwuanyi, Consultant Neurosurgeon and NMA-FCT Chapter Chairman, stressed the need for a holistic approach to healthcare, encompassing various medical disciplines, to improve overall well-being in the community.

Ugwuanyi emphasised the importance of addressing primary prevention, recognising challenges within the primary health system, and creating favorable working conditions to curb brain drain.

Dr Yusuf Shehu, CSO Representative, urged a proactive focus on pre-crash measures in road safety, targeting human behaviors like over-speeding and substance use, which could significantly reduce accidents and cases requiring neurosurgeon intervention.

Shehu said that this collaborative effort seeks to enhance overall healthcare, ensuring timely and comprehensive treatment, and improve the quality of life for those affected by neurological conditions (NAN) (www.nannews.ng)

Edited by Vincent Obi

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