BRAIN Aneurysm Foundation Ghana, a non-governmental organisation (NGO) focusing on victims of brain disorder, has been launched in Accra.
The NGO also seeks to educate the public on brain aneurysm, also referred to as cerebral aneurysm, which is a common disorder caused by a weakness in the wall of the brain.
Launching it the President of the foundation, Professor Isabella Quakyi, said about 2,000 cases of brain aneurysm was recorded annually in the country’s hospitals.
She said brain aneurysm is a silent killer which shows symptoms, stating that lives could be save if people know the risks and signs of brain aneurysm.
Prof. Quakyi said a ruptured brain aneurysm required advanced neurosurgical treatment, which was currently not available in the country, thereby making it difficult to treat the disorder.
The Director of Divisional Care Unit of the Ghana Health Service, Dr Samuel Kabar, thanked the foundation for championing the fight against brain aneurysm.
Kabar said there was the need for stakeholders, to provide the needed facilities and specialists, to ensure the successful surgery on those suffering from brain aneurysm.
Dr. Kabar said victims of brain aneurysm suffers severe headache, nausea and vomiting, and temporary loss of consciousness, noting that the disease is dangerous since it leads to bleeding around or in the brain.
The Founder of Brain Aneurysm Ghana, Ms Doris Osei, said the foundation was formed to provide support for people diagnosed with brain aneurysm.
She said the foundation was established from a close relation between a brain aneurysm survivor and a group of professionals who identified the need for creating awareness of brain aneurysm.
By Bernard Benghan