The youngest person to have suffered from a stroke in Fiji is a 12-year-old child.

This has been highlighted by the Minister for Health Dr. Ifereimi Waqainabete while speaking at the opening of the World Stroke Day at CWM Hospital yesterday.

Stroke is a disease that affects the arteries leading to and within the brain.

Speaking at the opening of the World Stroke Day at CWM Hospital Dr. Waqainabete says stroke is a deadly disease and is responsible for more deaths annually compared to AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria combined.

The Minister says stroke has no respect for age, race or religion as it can affect anyone.

Dr. Waqainabete stressed that people must understand that there are just as many people having strokes, as there are cancer patients.

According to World Health Organisation in regards to the cases of hypertension which is a common cause of stroke only 20% of the people in the world get adequate treatment.

World Stroke Day is observed on October 29 to underscore the serious nature and high rates of stroke, raise awareness of the prevention and treatment of the condition, and ensure better care and support for survivors.

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