Read-to-Live Series: Early & Sudden Death: How it kills influential Nigerians (The Prelude)

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This book (Which debuts on Asabeafrika today) was brought about by the sudden death of two clan’s men of the author and the maiming of his very close friend.  Both clans’ men died within two weeks of each other, reportedly from stroke and heart attack.  The friend was maimed by hypertension.  Sudden death or maiming of any individual is a common source of terrifying news, which usually goes far and wide when a popular person is involved.  At community and national levels, sudden death or maiming of outstanding individuals has become a rather common occurrence, if not a near epidemic proportion in Nigeria.  The problem is certainly not limited to the very well-to-do Nigerians.

However, the frequency of these conditions among middle class Nigerians, as loosely defined in this book, has left this expanding group literally gripped by a near open sense of insecurity, a lingering fear that “it can be my turn next”.  Everyone knows a number of relatives, friends and acquaintances who have recently suffered a similar fate.  This high state of anxiety tends to be fueled by inadequate knowledge of the causes and the ways to avoid these catastrophes.  A well-founded axiom in health education is: “No disease is more dangerous to health than ignorance”.  At this stage, there is no way to tell how much the fear of being a possible victim may contribute to the occurrence and severity of stroke and heart attack among Nigerians.  One thing is sure: an important void exists in the area of knowledge, including what can be done about the situation.  This is probably the reason for the underlying fear or anxiety.
“A well-founded axiom in health education is: “No disease is more dangerous to health than ignorance”.  At this stage, there is no way to tell how much the fear of being a possible victim may contribute to the occurrence and severity of stroke and heart attack among Nigerians”. 
This book is therefore a start in the effort to fill that void, though with some problem!
First, the void was realized almost as suddenly as the deaths that gave birth to this book, about two weeks to the author’s planned visit to Nigeria.  The intension was to write the book quickly enough for publication during the author’s visit.  It was also intended for the book to be short enough for the average reader to be able to read through easily and remain a reference handbook.  These two conditions created the problems of time and space, which usually do not augur well for excellence and adequacy of coverage. However, the author has tried hard to achieve both goals, the odds notwithstanding.
The second and probably more serious problem was how to effectively communicate largely medical information to an audience that is largely without a medical background.  Over simplification of relevant medical concepts and terminologies may distort the information while efforts to be intellectually exact might involve too many medical jargons that will be confusing.  Also, there is the concern that the reading standard of many of the potential audience may be relatively modest.  Conscious of these communication problems, the author has tried to strike a fair medium but not quite sure how well this goal has been achieved.  A feedback on this and any other aspect of this work will be appreciated for future revision.

 By Professor Tony E. Isenalumhe, Author of the Book;

“Early and Sudden Death: The Price of Affluence among Nigerians”
(Read the full series as it debuts on Asabeafrika tomorrow)

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