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Anambra State Health Ministry holds briefing on Asthma by Ejike Agbata

The Anambra State Ministry of Health has held a public briefing on Asthma at the Jerome Udorji Secretariat, Awka.

Speaking at the event, Anambra State Commissioner for Health, Vincent Okplala said asthma is a common long-term inflammatory disease of the airway that affects the lungs, characterized by recurrent symptoms, reversible airway obstruction and broncho-spasm that affects people of all ages.

Dr. Okpala represented by the Director of Public Health and Disease Control in the Ministry, Uchechukwu Onyejimbe, added that there is no current cure for asthma, but it can be well managed while some people overgrow it.

He went further to say that there are 21 non-communicable diseases focal persons in the 21 local government areas of the state, though yet to be inaugurated.
He concluded by saying the state government is committed to the treatment and care of all non-communicable diseases in the state.

On her part, Programme Coordinator of Non-Communicable Diseases, Anambra State Ministry of Health, Stella Chiejina noted that the programme would have held on World Asthma Day being May 5, but the COVID-19 pandemic affected it and revealed that asthma is one of the four silent non-communicable diseases that kill a lot of people.

Mrs Chiejine said asthma signs and symptoms include wheezing,
breathlessness, tightness of the chest, coughing, tiredness and
restlessness which can be prevented through preventer inhaler,
reliever inhaler and prompt treatment of chest infections among others.

She further stated that asthma patients are allergic to house dust,
mites, animal fur, pollens, cigarette smoke, strong odour, humid
weather as well as cold drinks and baths.

Reported by Ejike Agbata

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