Since going operational on Saturday, June 1, 2019, Fako Heart Centre has been welcomed by the population that has been suffering from numerous cardiovascular diseases.
During the official launching of the circa FCFA 1 billion privately-owned Cardiac Centre, some 194 patients were consulted with some 110 diagnosed with cardiovascular conditions.
Since then, the Centre has consulted close to 400 patients with close to 90 percent of the patients suffering from cardiac disorders.
According to records from the Fako Heart Centre, the most common cardiovascular disorders diagnosed include; acute heart failures, hypertension, stroke, endocarditis (infection of the heart valves), arrhythmias (abnormal heart beats), pericarditis, diabetes, pulmonary embolism, congenital malformation, pulmonary hypertension and on-going transient ischaemic attacks (TA).
Going by the World Health Organisation, WHO, an estimated 31 percent of deaths worldwide are caused by cardiovascular diseases, CVDs.
A total of 75 percent of deaths occur in low-income and middle income countries.
Out of this, WHO also states that all CVD deaths are due to heart attacks and stroke.
With the coming of the Fako Heart Centre, it is believed that it will help reduce the rate at which people die from CVD.
To achieve this, Fako Heart Centre offers the following cardiac tests; Electrocardiogram (ECG), Echocardiogram, Echo Doppler Studies, Holter 24hr ECG monitor, Tilt table test, Holter 24hrs BP Blood pressure monitor, Exercise tolerance test, Stress test (thread mill), Transoesophageal echocardiogram, Dc cardioversion, six minute walking test among others.
The Proprietor of Fako Heart Centre, Cameroonian-born but London-based Consultant Cardiologist, Dr. Fred Perry Kemah, said calls from Cameroonians complaining of cardiovascular diseases, prompted him to open the Centre.
He said the same services provided abroad are also provided at the Fako Heart Centre.
The Centre will also serve as a University College of Cardiology and will liaise with the University of Manchester as part of an exchange programme for undergraduates.
Also, it will serve as a cardiac teaching hospital for students in the Faculty of Health Sciences in the University of Buea and other training schools for health personnel.
Fako Heart Centre is situated at GRA Buea, beside Mountain Hotel. For more information, interested persons can call Tel. No. 673 418 812 or email them through: firstname.lastname@example.org.
First published on the Post Newspaper of edition 02014