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Heart, Brain Diseases Prevalent In Southwest 

By Clauvis Geh Bong & Sybeline Tong* — The prevalence of heart and brain diseases is reportedly on an alarming increase in the Southwest Region of Cameroon, recent statistics indicate. The symptoms of which are said to accrue from insufficient rest are manifested in frequent urinating and body weakness. The end result, we are diseases like diabetes, high blood pressure, thereby making it difficult for oxygen to reach the heart.

Statistics from an NGO, Group Santé Wang, in partnership with the Chinese Government and the Presbyterian Church in Cameroon, PCC, indicate that though cardiovascular diseases are prevalent in the Region, the numbers are expected to increase as more diagnoses are being made at the Presbyterian Churches in Great Soppo, Buea and Limbe.

The health campaign authorised by the Ministry of Public Health, and going on under the theme “A Healthy Man is an Ignorant Patient”, is being carried out by a team of physiotherapists and ophthalmologists.

Diagnoses from this campaign so far include sight problems, rheumatism, renal disease, fibroid, typhoid, Chlamydia, to name just a few, which sum up to about 25 percent, with treatments being recommended, but Dr. Alfred Loic, in charge of consultations and diagnosis, said cardiovascular and cerebro-vascular diseases are taking the Region by storm with a percentage of over 60 percent as compared to other diseases summed altogether.

“These diseases have attacked mostly the elderly ranging from 35 to 60 years. Everybody is vulnerable. Even children have been tested positive. It has come to our notice that women are the most active participants in this campaign,” said Dr. Loic. Patients on their part, said despite the subsidized tests, the drugs are expensive.

“The tests are cheaper because all are done for a thousand francs but the drugs are very expensive,” said Eunice Arrey. Meanwhile, the nurse in charge of patient registrations, Lynne Ngalim, said, “We have had a massive turnout of people; about 70 to 75 percent,” which she said was impressive.

*UB Journalism Students on Internship

First published in The Post print edition no 01515


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