President Goodluck Jonathan has launched the Nigeria National Stroke Prevention Programme to forestall the alarming rate of sudden deaths in the country.
The President and his Vice, Alhaji Namadi Sambo underwent series of medical check-ups in a mobile ambulance during the launch conducted half way into the Federal Executive Council, FEC, meeting at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
Briefing Newsmen at the end of the meeting, Minister of Health, Professor Onyebuchi Chukwu said the programme was approved by the President as an antidote to the sudden death syndrome.
He said government is worried about the alarming rate of sudden death of Nigerians, particularly at their prime and therefore evolved the programme to encourage people to check up their health status regularly for preventive measures.
Professor Chukwu said the cost of the test is fifty thousand naira but the government has subsidised it and reduced the cost to ten thousand naira, particularly, for indigent Nigerians.