By Chioma Obinna
No fewer than 3,645 cardiac cases were recorded at the Reddington Cardiac Centre from 2006 to date, with 408 cases only in 2006.
A situation experts at the official commissioning of the centre, Nigeriaâ€™s first digital catheterisation laboratory, yesterday in Lagos said demonstrated the compelling need to act and combat the disease to save many Nigerians from dying.
According to the Chief Executive ofÂ Reddington Cardiac Centre, Dr. Yemi Onabowale, recent studies are reporting an increasing cases of coronary artery diseases among Nigerians as a result of their adoption of diet and lifestyle of those in the developed world.
Onabowale who lamented that the figures were only a tiny fraction of what obtains in the national population, said it was in reaction to this that the management of the Reddington hospital took a decision last year to re-establish the cardiac centre and equip it with state-of-the-art facility that had not been seen in the country to meet the challenges faced in the management of heart diseases in Nigeria.
Commissioning the centre, Governor Babatunde Fashola, who was represented by the state Commissioner for Special Duties, Dr. Tola Kasali, said it had raised a bar for those in the private sector in terms of agenda setting and goal getting, adding that the cost and security implication of frequent travel abroad for treatment, particularly by appointed and elected officials was a story we should be tired of hearing and repeating every now and then.