By Simeon OSAJIE
As the world marks this year ‘World Stroke Day’, the Augustine Bonaventure Omorogbe-Elizabeth Amu Stroke Awareness Foundation (ABO-EASAF), a non-profit, non governmental Foundation has advised the general public on the need to always check their health status regularly so as to detect any decease in the body system especially stroke.
In a press statement issued and signed by Rev. Isaac Mowete, Secretary of ABO-EASAF, stated that as today is set aside to mark World Stroke Day, there is need for increased enlightenment and better public awareness of its risk factors.
According to Rev. Mowete, “Globally, 1 in 4 persons will have a stroke in our lifetime. And every year, 6.5 million people will die as a result of stroke. Stroke happens when the blood supply to the part of the brain is interrupted either by a clot or by a bleed which causes surrounding brain tissue to die. Damage to the brain means that stroke survivors can be left with disabilities and impairments that affect how they move, speak, think and feel.”
Continuing he added, “Knowing the signs of stroke is critical. Minutes can save lives, speech, mobility, and independence. Everyone stands to benefit from better community stroke awareness of stroke. This is why we are working with the World Stroke Organization to deliver their Minutes Save Lives Campaign.
“You can find out more about stroke, test your stroke spotting speed and get involved in the World Stroke Day Minutes Save Lives selfie campaign at www.worldstrokecampaign.org #Precioustime.”