Monday, 5 December 2016

Akande, Ribadu, Adewole, 4 Governors battle Heart Attack in Lagos


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 L-R: Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, President/ CEO, Tristate Cardiovascular Associates, Prof Kamar Adeleke, Lagos State Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode and Oyo State Governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi, at the first Tristate Heart Foundation annual dinner.

“One out of five Nigerians is at risk of premature death from cardiovascular (heart) diseases such as heart attack, stroke or diabetic complications”, Minister of Health, Prof Isaac Adewole has revealed, the minister said hypertension is the leading cardiovascular decease in Nigeria and can result in stroke if untreated.
According to him, an extrapolation from a 1997 report put the prevalence of hypertension at over 20 per cent. This, the minister said, suggests that one out of every five Nigerian is hypertensive.
Current estimates, he noted, shows that death rate from stroke is 40-50 per cent within the first three months of diagnoses, while 39 per cent of those who survived stroke after three months died within a year, with 12 per cent developing severe disability.

Adewole spoke in Lagos on Tuesday, November 29th  during the First Annual Black Tie Gala of Tristate Heart Foundation (THF), chaired by former Osun State Governor Chief Bisi Akande, to raise N500million in support of cardiovascular care in Nigeria.

Tristate Heart Foundation’s sister organization, the Tristate Cardiovascular Association (TCA), which operates the Tristate Heart and Vascular Centre inside Babcock University Teaching Hospital, Ilisan-Remo-Ogun State has done over 100 open heart surgeries and numerous cardiac interventions, with 60 per cent of the patients unable to pay their bills.

 L-R: Oyo State, Governor Senator Abiola Ajimobi, Health Minister, Prof Isaac Adewole, Osun State Governor, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, Lagos State Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode and Board Chairman, Tristate Heart Foundation (THF), Chief Bisi Akande, at the THF 1st annual dinner in Lagos.
At the event were Governors Akinwunmi Ambode (Lagos), Rauf Aregbesola (Osun), Ibukunle Amosun (Ogun) and Abiola Ajimobi (Oyo), who all made donations.
The Minister, who gave the keynote speech, quoted a 2014 report which shows that cardiovascular deceases killed 17.5million people globally.
He said: “I can say without fear of contradiction that at least five out of 10 adults seated here tonight have elevated blood pressure and more than half of these are not aware of their situation”.
This is frightening because the dire consequence of neglected hypertension is stroke without warning,” the minister pointed out to the elite guests.
He said the economic loss from heart diseases was estimated by the World Health Organization (WHO) at $400million in 2005, and is projected to rise to $8billion in the next 10 years.
“Unless we take drastic and sustained actions, we will keep counting losses” Adewole warned.
The minister identified risk factors for non-communicable diseases (NCDs), with particular reference to cardiovascular diseases, as use of tobacco products, unhealthy diet, harmful alcohol intake, physical inactivity and air pollution as direct reasons for non-communicable diseases.

 Minister of Health, Prof Isaac Adewole (left) and Chairman, Tristate Heart Foundation (THF), Chief Bisi Akande during the 1st annual THF dinner held in Lagos.
“Unhealthy diets contribute significantly to the development of NCDs in Nigeria. Sadly, there is widespread low consumption of proteins, fruits and vegetables and increasing patronage of fast food outfits by the population”.
The Minister spoke further, he said “There is also large promotion of sweetened products such as carbonated drinks, pastries, candies and other refined sugars, while excessive intake of salt is promoted by food addictives such as monosodium glutamate common in delicacies such as Suya, kilisi, isi-ewu, ngwo-ngwo, among others”. “The high caloric intake resulting from refined sugars promote overweight and obesity especially in a country where exercise is not a norm” minister Adewole pointed out.
The minister praised Tristate Heart Foundation for the “laudable initiative” of galvanizing support for those who would otherwise die due to inability to access treatment for their heart conditions.

 L-R: Lagos State Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode, Board Chairman, Tristate Heart Foundation (THF), Chief Bisi Akande, Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, Vice Chairman, THF, Mr John Momoh and President/ CEO, Tritate Cardiovascular Associates, Prof Kamar Adeleke, at the THF 1st annual dinner in Lagos.
Former Osun State Governor Chief Bisi Akande who is the Chairman of the Board of Tristate Heart Foundation said the foundation was set up to tackle the incidence of deaths from heart deceases, which he said accounts for premature death of about 17.3million people every year.
He said the funds would help the world-class Tristate Heart and Vascular Centre in Ilisan-Remo-Ogun State, under the leadership of Prof Kamar Adeleke, to treat those of little means.

The former All Progressives Congress (APC) National Chairman said: “I, Bisi Akande, currently a 78-year-old man, have decided to do my part by dedicating myself completely to an initiative that will improve the health of Nigerian citizens and prevent us from needless death”.
L-R:, CEO, Tristate Heart Foundation (THF), Dr Olukunle Iyanda, Oyo State Governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi, Minister of Health, Prof Isaac Adewole, Osun State Governor, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, Lagos State Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode, Chairman, THF, Chief Bisi Akande, Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, Vice Chairman, THF, Mr John Momoh and President/ CEO, Tristate Cardiovascular Associates, Prof Kamar Adeleke, at the first THF dinner held in Lagos
The Foundation, he said, plans to sponsor a minimum of 150 open heart surgeries in the next one year. “Let’s change the fortune of that one child out of every 100 children who will be born with a heart defect. Let us rescue that man and that woman whose level of income cannot support open heart surgeries”. The ex-Governor appealed to guests at the dinner.
L-R: Minister of Health, Prof Isaac Adewole, Chairman, Tristate Heart Foundation (THF), Chief Bisi Akande and CEO, THF, Dr Olukunle Iyanda, at the 1st annual THF dinner held in Lagos
Full details of Chief Bisi Akande’s inaugural Speech at the Event 
“The courage to act, the passion to win”
“It gives me great pleasure to receive you, most cordially, this evening at our historic Black Tie Gala Night, an event designed to restore hope to hopelessness, faith to the faithless, strength to the weak and pride to our nation.
This gathering is a demonstration of collective efforts geared towards putting an end to the deadly menace: Heart Disease and Stroke, which continued to be the leading cause of death globally among the non-communicable diseases. The heart, as you know, is the most important organ in the body.  When it stop, life ends, ambition crumbles and homes shattered! We must all realize that without the heart, there is no life, The heart is life and life is the heart.
THF, Dr Olukunle Iyanda (middle), , Vice Chairman, THF, Mr John Momoh and a guest.
 I come to appeal, therefore, that you overwhelmingly support the local efforts and develop local skills which would place value on human lives with dignity.
This evening, I am elated because I have seen and tasted what good medical practice is outside of this country and I am glad that I have equally found the same global standard cardiovascular care in this country—Tristate Heart Cardiovascular Centre. I commend the dedication and visionary leadership of the President/ CEO of Tristate Cardiovascular Associates, Prof Kamar Adeleke for this feat. I could say ä big “’thank you’” to you and your team for coming back to this country to restore hope to our health sector. I equally thank other Nigerian health professionals that left the comfort of the western world to come back with you on a rescue mission to the motherland. I also use this medium to encourage our Nigerian physicians outside the shores of this nation, to come back and rescue us from the jaws of untimely death.
The essence of our gathering here this evening is not farfetched, we are here to join hands and prevent the next heart from stopping prematurely. We are here to prove to the world that we are noble people with the capacity to find the solution to our problems. We are here to take the bull by the horn and say enough is enough. With the quality of people in this ballroom this evening, I am excited and confident that we can beat the deadly disease that continued to wrought pains and tears in most families.
This event is the culmination of an enormous collective effort, which began early this year after the board of trustee of Tristate Heart Foundation considered it necessary to leave no stone unturned in the fight against cardiovascular disease in Nigeria.
You may be wondering why you need to support this initiative.  Are you aware that heart disease is responsible for premature death of about 17.3million lives every year? Or that one out of every two people you have seen today is prone to this deadly disease?
L-R: Minister of Health, Prof Isaac Adewole, Chairman, Tristate Heart Foundation (THF), Chief Bisi Akande and former EFFC Chairman, Alhaji Nuhu Ribadu, at the 1st annual THF dinner held in Lagos.
Bad enough! Sometimes, the victims may not know.
Research has shown that the strongest driver of heart failure which affects nearly 1 in 2 Africans over the age of25 is undiagnosed and untreated hypertension. Who does not know someone who is hypertensive?
It is sad to know that while developed countries like Europe, America and some Asian countries are recording a drop in the incidence of cardiovascular disease, Africa is recording a sporadic increase. The question is why?
The answer is very simple—lack of knowledge and poverty.
It is time to begin meaningful contribution in health and educational sector through the provision of adequate infrastructural support, skilled manpower and commitment to research. Let us desist from recounting tales of woes all the time. Let us depart from identifying problems while we neglect providing the solutions to our tales of woes.
Enough of over analysing the problems! What we need now are solution providers. As I address you this evening, my heart bleeds!
L-R: Minister of Health, Prof Isaac Adewole, Chairman, Tristate Heart Foundation (THF), Chief Bisi Akande, Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, Oyo State Governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi and Lagos State Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode, at the first Tristate Heart Foundation annual dinner, held in Lagos
Let me recall my experience during one of my routine visit to Tristate Heart and Vascular Centre. I met a young boy of eleven years old transferred from one of the States in the South-South region of Nigeria to Tristate Heart and Vascular Centre, the boy was wrongly diagnosed by a Professor of Medicine and has been moved from one place to the other in the last five years, the wrong treatment led to multiple organ failures for this young boy to the extent that the parent were told that the only option left for the boy is heart transplant, and the probability of getting this done is zero.
Even when they managed to get a donor for the heart yet the boy still needs a minimum of $200,000 every year to keep him alive.
L-R: Lagos State Governor, Mr  Akinwunmi Ambode, President/ CEO, Tristate Cardiovascular Associates, Prof Kamar Adeleke and Emeritus President/ Vice Chancellor, Babcock University, Prof Kayode Makinde, at the first Tristate Heart Foundation (THF) annual dinner, held  in Lagos.
Ladies and gentlemen, distinguished members of medical profession, I salute your courage in what you are doing in this country to provide care where you have a very little support and motivation. However, we must know that there is honour in humility.
Medical profession is a noble profession that must be practiced with integrity and selfless spirit; practitioners must desist from unnecessary ego and self-seeking activities. I believe it is imperative that healthcare providers are treated with dignity that they deserve and their remuneration must be such that they do not need to struggle unnecessarily to live a decent life. This will be a great motivation that will reduce unethical rent seeking and sharp practice by care givers.
To reverse the negative perception associated with medical practice in this country and cut down significantly the cash outflow associated with seeking medical care overseas, all the government in Nigeria must create the enabling environment for those in private and public practice.
The federal government must help our hospitals to be competitive by removing duty imposed on medical equipments and consumables, by granting tax holiday to medical devices manufacturers, by encouraging local production of medical supplies and consumables.
Above all, we must ensure and enforce health insurance scheme for our people because if health insurance is made compulsory then organisation like ours will have fewer objectives to contend with. We must stop paying lip service to health sector because a healthy nation is a productive nation.
Vice Chairman, Tristate Heart Foundation, Mr John Momoh, Minister of Health, Prof Isaac Adewole, Chairman,  THF, Chief Bisi Akande, and Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, at the 1st annual THF dinner held in Lagos.
I, Bisi Akande, currently 78 years old man, have decided to do my part, by dedicating myself completely to an initiative that will improve the health of Nigerians and prevent us from needless death. I am glad that I and every member of the board of Tristate Heart Foundation have found a worthy partner in Tristate Cardiovascular Associates, our objective as a foundation is to make life meaningful and hope to achieve it, starting from tonight.
By raising funds for indigent patients- especially children under the age of 10
We plan to sponsor minimum of 150 open-heart surgery in the next one year
By embarking on aggressive campaign on the prevention of heart diseases among our people
We shall collaborate with those in academia to fund research effort in the area of cardiovascular medicine”.

Gbenga Dan Asabe

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