Urged To Better Support 21000 Kildare People With Asthma

Modesto Morganelli
Mag 10, 2019

With poor air quality and rising air pollution, our goal is to reduce number of people suffering from asthma with proper diagnosis and treatment. On World Asthma Day 2019, let's look at the history and significance of the day.

Mr Adewole said the condition was characterised by recurring respiratory symptoms, such as coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath and chest tightening.

The Forum of International Respiratory Societies (FIRS) is an organisation comprised of the world's leading international respiratory societies working together to improve lung health globally: American College of Chest Physicians (CHEST), American Thoracic Society (ATS), Asian Pacific Society of Respirology (APSR), Asociación Latino Americana De Tórax (ALAT), European Respiratory Society (ERS), International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Diseases (The Union), Pan African Thoracic Society (PATS), Global Initiative for Asthma (GINA), and the Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease (GOLD). The first "World Asthma Meeting" was held in Barcelona, Spain.

It comes as data shows one person in Ireland dies every five days from asthma. Depending on the person, they may become worse at night or with exercise. The STOP in the theme stands for Symptom evaluation, Test response, Observe and assess and Proceed to adjust treatment. The multichannel initiatives across social media and on-ground initiatives intents to bridge the alarming gap in knowledge around managing asthma, risks of asthma attacks and its triggers associated with indoor pollution.

The good news is that we can raise awareness about asthma and how it can be controlled.

According to 2015 statistics with the Public Health Ministry of patients suffering from respiratory diseases, there were 115,577 asthma patients and 249,742 COPD patients in the hospitals. In this month, the "National Asthma Education and Prevention Program (NAEPP)" is organised to encourage the people to take care of their lung condition.

She said that action plans can help eliminate asthma deaths. Smoking worsens asthma symptoms like coughing and breathlessness and also increases risk of infections. Often pharmacists advise patients on opting for different kinds of treatments to manage asthma however this is counterproductive. A patient suffering from this disease should regularly visit their doctor and take proper medicines in order to get rid of it.

The report also found a considerably high death rate from asthma in the southern region, as five provinces in the deep South - Satun, Songkhla, Pattani, Yala and Narathiwat - were depicted in red on the geographical annual cause-specific standardised mortality ratio map.

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