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The Stroke Action Nigeria (SAN), a non-governmental organisation, has promised to offer necessary assistance to stroke survivors, their families and carers with the provision of a holistic approach to preventive care, rehabilitation, self management and social support.
A sister association of stroke Action United Kingdom (SAUK), SAN, a not-for-profit, community-interest organisation, works with stroke survivals’ families to promote meaningful, evidence-based and quality ‘Life after a stroke attack’ in communities.
The founder and Chief Executive of both SAUK and SAN Mrs. Rita Melifonwu and also the winner of the 1999 Mary Seacole Nursing Leadership Award, explains that the launch of the Nigerian chapter of the NGO was borne out of the need for greater support for stroke patients and awareness about stroke prevalence in Nigeria.
Melifonwu further said, “with the launch of our organisation in Nigeria, stroke survivors will have access to necessary care and rehabilitation that they need, alongside support for social integration, which is too often neglected in our society.’’
She said that the organisation will raise awareness about stroke and stroke-related issues, provide medical support for survivors, build capacity for families that care for stroke survivors and assist survivors’ social integration. “Too often, stroke survivors, their careers and families are left to suffer in silence as they are faced with a strong stigma of ‘no longer being normal’ in the society they live.” Melifonwu stated.
According to her, the organisation will establish stroke centres that will carry out health risk assessment for visitors to find out their risk factors, check their blood glucose level, blood pressure; cholesterol level, body mass index (BMI) and one-on-one support that will help smokers quit the habit.
She said that the centre will also carry out holistic assessment of the physical, psychological, emotional, social, cultural, spiritual and vocational needs and plan individual goals for the survivors as well as provide a platform for survivors to have access to physical activity and physiotherapeutic attention daily.