No fewer than 30,000 people suffer from Multiple Sclerosis (MS), a combined brain and spinal cord ailment across Africa, with approximately 2,800 new diagnoses yearly.
The secretary Nigerian Society of Neurological Sciences (NSNS), Prof.Yakub Nyandaiti, who disclosed this in Abuja during the MS Awareness Campaign organized by Roche in conjunction with Nigerian Neurologists, said of the figure about 10,048 Nigerians are suffering from the disease.
“Multiple Sclerosis is caused when the body’s immune system attacks its tissues and destroys the fatty substance that covers and protects nerve fibers in the brain and spinal cord.
“MS is a condition that affects the brain and spinal cord, causing a wide range of potential symptoms, including problems with vision, arm or leg movement, sensation or balance.
“There is presently no cure for MS, however, signs and symptoms can be ameliorated successfully with several medications and research is still ongoing,” Nyandaiti explained.
He then advised people with the symptoms to consult their doctors as soon as possible to improve long-term health.
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