MEDICAL EXPERT CALLS FOR THOROUGH EXAMINATION OF INFANTS TO PREVENT CONGENITAL HEART DISEASE.
Uploaded by Michael George on September 29, 2021
As Nigeria joins the rest of the globe to celebrate World Heart Day, a medical expert has called on parents especially nursing mothers to ensure a thorough examination of their babies at birth to enhance early diagnosis and treatment of congenital heart disease.
A Paediatric Cardiologist, Dr Wale Olabiyi made the call in an interview to commemorate this year’s World Heart Day.
Dr Olabiyi who explained that Congenital heart defect was one of the most common types of birth defects, listed some of the symptoms to include abnormal heart rhythms, blue-tinted skin, shortness of breath, failure to feed or develop normally, and swollen body tissue or organs.
He, however, insisted that initial diagnoses, follow up and treatment would help to save lives.
Dr Olabiyi also called on Governments, Organizations, philanthropists to sponsors and train more Cardiologists in the country so that surgeries and treatments are carried out without the assistance of foreign cardiologists.
The Paediatric Cardiologist advised pregnant women to avoid alcohol intake, smoking and drug abuse to prevent Congenital heart disease.
The theme for this year’s celebration is ‘Harnessing the power of digital health to improve awareness, prevention and management of CVD globally’.