Govt. Should Embrace Health-o-Cracy to Reduce Stroke- Prof. Owolabi

Professor Mayowa Owolabi, a stroke medicine expert says health-o-cracy will reduce the burden of stroke in Nigeria and the African continent.

Owolabi made the call while delivering the 473rd inaugural lecture of the University of Ibadan entitled: Exploring the quadrangle through the transonomics and spiritual binoculars: Two wings of an eagle.

Prof. Owolabi, who defined the concept of health-o-cracy as health of the people for the people by the people, said the concept would empower every individual to monitor and screen for cardiovascular risk factors particularly hypertension.

He advised Government at all levels to mandate screening, treatment and control of hypertension to reduce the burden of stroke in Nigeria saying, stroke was the second leading cause of death globally hence the need for urgent action.

He noted that topmost risk factors for stroke were hypertension, regular meat consumption, potbelly, diabetes mellytus, cardiac disease, cigarette smoking among others.

Professor Owolabi who’s the Regional Vice President, World Federation of NeuroRehabilitation recommended that regular blood pressure and cholesterol check should be made compulsory for Nigerians to enhance improved surveillance, prevention, care and rehabilitation in stroke medicine.

Professor Owolabi who argued that the spiritual sphere was essential for the quality of life and meaningful rehabilitation of stroke survivors said research were ongoing to incorporate spirituality in medicine.

“The concept of spirituality is increasingly gaining ground in medicine. The doctor is not complete without his doctrines” he added

In his address, Acting Vice Chancellor, University of Ibadan, Professor Adebola Ekanola commended the Lecturer for the research and gave the assurance that the premier university would continue to produce problem solving research works.

Dayo Adu

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