Health workers trained in early stroke recognition and management


12-September-2018

 

More than 30 health workers from different cadres, particularly those working in emergency settings, took part in a series of training aimed at enhancing their knowledge of  early recognition and management of stroke.

The training session, held at the Constance Ephelia Resort, was opened by Health Minister Jean-Paul Adam last Saturday. 

Launching the event, Minister Adam conveyed his enthusiasm at the large and diversified turnout of health workers for this specialised training.

“I see a wide array of health professionals here today, doctors from the Health Care Agency as well as the private sector, nurses and others from allied health services,” he said, adding that these are different actors in the health system who from this training will go on to make a difference and transform the health sector in terms of stroke management.

Stroke occurs when a blood vessel in the brain ruptures and bleeds, or when there’s a blockage in the blood supply to the brain. This prevents oxygen from reaching the brain’s tissues.

It is considered the number two killer in the world and has an annual incidence rate of 15 million with 6.7 million deaths per year.

In dealing with stroke, immediate care is important. The sooner a person having a stroke gets care, the better their outcome is likely to be. This was the main focus of the programme, which featured presentations on the basic concepts of brain stroke recognition, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation to improve stroke management in the health system.

“Better outcomes will allow us to be more efficient. Even if the number of strokes in Seychelles may be seen to be relatively low, it is a great pressure on the health system because it is not just about the incidence but about management which takes place during and after the incident,” Minister Adam added.

In 2017, Seychelles had 176 stroke cases, out of which 83 were men and 63 were women. From this there were 21 deaths, the youngest being 30 years old.

Speaking to those present, the chairperson of the Seychelles Stroke Foundation and co-organiser of the event, Noemi Woodcock, noted the lack of knowledge about stroke in general in Seychelles, and the delayed response that can occur.

 

“Not many people have knowledge about stroke. In spite of having heard of the risk factors of stroke, diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and others, many people remain uninformed. This is where the training will come in,” she said.

The training will continue throughout the rest of the year, in collaboration with the Seychelles Stroke Foundation and Constance Ephelia, and with the participation of more health workers.

Through this they will learn about the various risk factors for stroke, which include those that cannot be considered like age, gender and ethnicity and those that can be modified, like diabetes, smoking, weight and physical activity.

They will also learn about recognition and management of stroke through the act F.A.S.T acronym; meaning Face, Arms, Speech, Time.

 

 

 

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