Consultant Cardiologists from all over Nigeria came together for a Heart Failure awareness event on November 24, 2017 at Sheraton Hotel and Towers, Ikeja, Lagos State.
The Heart Failure awareness event, supported by Novartis, was held to discuss and sensitise media representatives present on the increasing rate of hospitalization and death due to heart failure in teaching hospitals nationwide.
Professor Amam Mbakwe a Consultant Cardiologist with the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), cleared a common misconception about heart failure and heart attack.
She explained that although they both belonged to the same spectrum of disease, a heart attack occurs at the initial stage, ultimately leading to a heart failure if proper precautions are not taken.
She stressed that the absence of a cure for Heart Failure, meant that the Nigerian youth had to take great care in their daily lives, avoiding the condition altogether.
The media parley was attended by frontline Cardiologists in Nigeria and representatives from media houses. It is hoped that these media representatives will utilize their channels of communication, in turn sensitizing the Nigerian public of the scourge that is Heart Failure.
L-R: Consultant Cardiologist, University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan, Dr. Ikechukwu Ogah; Consultant Cardiologist, Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital (AKTH), Prof. Kamilu Karaye; Consultant Cardiologist, Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), Prof. Amam Mbakwem; the Chairman of the Occasion/Consultant Cardiologist, Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital (OAUTH), Prof. Micheal Balogun; Consultant Cardiologist, University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital (UPTH), Dr. Maclean Akpa; Consultant Cardiologist, University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital (UITH), Prof. Ibraheem Katibi; and Consultant Cardiologist, University of Abuja Teaching Hospital (UATH), Dr. Dike Ojji, during a heart failure awareness event, held at Sheraton Hotel, Ikeja in Lagos. November 24, 2017. Photo: BMedia TV