September 26, 2022
Multiple Sclerosis cases seen rising in Nigeria, Africa

There is a growing concern among neurologists over rising cases of Multiple Sclerosis (MS) among Nigerians and other Africans, against the popular belief that the disease is most common among non-Africans.

Experts say they have recently noticed increased presentation of the disease that was previously endemic to northern Europe, worried that the inadequacy of medical specialists in diagnosis and treatment could endanger patients’ outcomes.

Multiple Sclerosis is a neurological disorder that causes disability in young adults and could leave 60 percent of its victim fully paralysed 20 years after the onset. In rare cases, it could be terminal.

Peter Alabi, consultant neurologist, the University of Abuja Teaching Hospital said the awareness of the disease and its incidence in Nigeria needs to grow alongside the knowledge that it can be managed by neurologists at any of the teaching hospitals in the country.

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