UNIBEN Alumni Association holds Public Lecture on ‘Stroke’ in Benin (Photos)

By Ogochukwu Isioma, Benin City

The University of Benin Alumni Association (UBAA), UNIBEN branch, on Wednesday 14th July held her much-publicised public lecture in Benin City, the Edo state capital.

The public lecture with the title; “The Monster Called Stroke: How to Rein it in – Prevention and Treatment in Nigeria”, held at the Akin Deko UNIBEN main auditorium, Ugbowo campus.

The lecture was delivered by Professor F. A. Imarhiagbe, a Consultant Physician Neurologist at the University of Benin Teaching Hospital (UBTH), Benin city.

CAMPUS GIST reports that the event, which was COVID-19 compliance, kicked off at 11AM with free health screening for attendees upon formal registration. Public Relations Officer of UBAA, Kevin ‘Kaka’ Omokaro, anchored the event.

The event was formally declared open with a prayer and opening speech by the Chairman, UBAA-UNIBEN, Dr. Benson Esan followed by the guest lecturer’s recitation which was read by UNIBEN Orator, Prof. Myke Omoigberale.

In his Welcome Address, the UBAA-UNIBEN Chairman gave a brief on the Association and the milestones achieved so far. He emphasised the need for the promotion of the Association amongst all Alumni.

Delivering the lecture, the guest lecturer Prof. Imarhiagbe lectured his audience on stroke: types, causes, risk factors, prevention, cure including myths and realities associated with the ailment.

Prof. Imarhiagbe, who disclosed that stroke is better prevented than cured, urged participants at the lecture to stop negotiating their health status with medical professionals but accept realities and seek medical help deligently.

Dignitaries who graced the occasion include the UNIBEN Vice Chancellor, Prof. (Mrs) Lilian Salami, who was represented by the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Ekehuan campus), Prof. John Ogene.

The event was equally graced by other principal officers, professors, Deans of Faculties, Provost, Directors and the Chief Medical Director of UBTH, Prof. Darlington Obaseki, who was ably represented.

According to Wikipedia, stroke is described as a sudden onset loss of function of the brain, spinal cord or the retina(back of the eye) that lasts up to 24 hours or more due to loss of blood supply that is objectively defined with or without manifest symptoms. The loss of blood supply may be an interruption of the supply or blood loss depriving the target organ of oxygen and other nutrients.

More than 100 thousand cases are recorded annually in Nigeria. Globally, women account for just over half (51%) of all persons living with the effects of ischemic stroke. Over 2.7 million people die from ischemic stroke each year.

Every year, more than 795,000 people in the United States have a stroke. About 610,000 of these are first or new strokes. About 185,000 strokes—nearly 1 of 4—are in people who have had a previous stroke. About 87% of all strokes are ischemic strokes, in which blood flow to the brain is blocked. There are 1.2 million stroke survivors in the UK.

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