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HOW TO IMPROVE NEUROLOGICAL CARE IN NIGERIA

(Last Updated On: April 24, 2018)

By Sakariyau Moshood

As part of efforts to reduce the burden of Neurological diseases in Nigeria governmental agencies and
stakeholders have been advised to improve accessibility and quality of neurological health care delivery.

Professor Njideka Ulunma Okubadejo suggested ways to improve Neurological care in Nigeria while
delivering her Inaugural Lecture titled: "Stroke of Movement and Trips: Strategic Opportunism as an
Approach to Improve Neurological Care in Africa" at the University of Lagos.

Professor Okubadejo said that a well formulated, contextually relevant, needs-based policy with clearly
defined modifiable and measurable targets will enable government and stakeholders to adopt, develop
organise and implement strategies to reduce the burden of neurological diseases.

The first female Professor of Neurology in Nigeria encouraged legislators at all levels of government to
enact Neurology-specific legislation and health care reforms that make broad and diseases specific
provision in relation to infrastructural development, funding and manpower development to improve
access to care, quality of healthcare delivery of human rights and quality of life for persons with
Neurological disorders.

The Professor of Neurology also urged government and private-public partnerships to provide funding
for the establishment of acute stroke units and stroke/Nero rehabilitation wards at all tertiary health
centre nationwide.

Professor Okubadejo lamented that many of the medications needed for treatment of complex
Neurological conditions are largely unavailable and prohibitively expensive. She thereby called for
intervention to improve availability and affordability of these specialty drugs in the public sectors.

She said that reorientation of Neuroscience educators drawn from medical schools across the country to
unify the teaching methods and content will enhance the prospects of undergraduate seeking a career
in Neurology.

She called on Nigerian Society of Neurological Sciences and its allies to be at the forefront of the
development of an agenda that is technically sound and politically feasible and engage our legislators
to.appreciate the burden of Neurological disorders and ensure that key provisions in legislation directed
at health issues include Neurological disorder