Kingsley Akinroye
Dr. Kingsley Akinroye

Martins Ifijeh
The Nigerian Heart Foundation (NHF), a non profit making organisation targeting wellness of Nigeria, will on April 21st hold a national summit in Lagos, tagged: Lipids and Cardiovascular Health in the Nigerian Population’ in recognition of the rising prevalence of cardiovascular diseases in the country.

Speaking during a press briefing, the Executive Director of the Foundation, Dr. Kingsley Akinroye said, the summit will be in furtherance to the 2013 world health assembly which endorsed the non communicable disease action plan 2013 to 2020 and recommended promotion of healthy diets.

According to him, with non communicable diseases included in the Sustainable Development Goal, the summit will contribute towards the country’s significant achievement of the SDG by 2030.

“Apart from bridging the gap in knowledge between lipids and cardiovascular health in African population, the summit will aim to define NHF’s position on cardiovascular health, palm oil and its derivative effect on the population, level of lipid profile in vegetable oil, and what zero cholesterol in vegetable oil means to the health of the people.

He said participants will include the researchers from universities, research institutions, civil society organisations in cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes, nutrition, non governmental organisations, policy makers from the Federal Government, National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, Standard Organisation of Nigeria, International organisations, agencies, consumers and manufacturers of vegetable oil.

Akinroye noted that the summit, which is scheduled to hold at the National Institute of Medical Research, Yaba, from 9am to 2:30pm, will among other things, stair up discussions on best ways to manage the heart, as well as stair up the country’s research drive.