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Anambra moves against asthma, non-communicable diseases



 ANAMBRA State will expedite action on the fight against asthma and other non-communicable diseases in the state.

  The State’s Commissioner for Health, Dr. Vincent Okpala, said this yesterday during a news conference on Public Enlightenment on Asthma and other Non-Communicable Diseases in his office at Jerome Udoji Secretariat Complex, Awka.

  The commissioner was represented in the briefing by Director of Public Health and Disease Control, Dr. Uchechukwu Onyejimbe. 

  According to him, the state government is partnering federal government on the survey on non-communicable diseases including asthma. 

  “The support was to train workers and carry out the survey in Anambra State, which was on the verge of taking off before COVID-19 pandemic propped up and introduction of the non-communicable diseases card ‘Akwukwo Ndu’ to all health facilities in the state for care and treatment of the diseases. 

Asthma is a common long-term inflammatory disease of the air-ways of the lungs, characterised by variable and recurrent symptoms, reversible air-ways obstruction and broncho-spasm. `It is a silent killer, posing serious public health challenges as well as one of the four non communicable diseases that affect people of all ages and often starts during childhood.

  “There was currently no cure for Asthma as affected persons are managed, so that the symptoms will be subdued, though a lifetime condition, some people can over grow it,” he said.

  The commissioner disclosed that 21 non-communicable diseases focal persons would soon be inaugurated in the 21 Local Government Areas. 

  Continuing, he listed some asthma symptoms to include wheezing, breathlessness and tightness of the chest; coughing, tiredness and restlessness. 

  “When complicated, it leads to persistent tiredness, under performance, psychological problems, lung infections and even death. Others include cold air, cold drinks, cold baths, chest infections, mold spores, intense emotions and other air pollutants.

I recommend bronchodilators, modification of life-style, identification and avoiding triggers as ways to manage asthma.  Although asthma is incurable, it can be prevented by decreasing risk factors, use of preventer inhaler, reliever inhalers, prompt treatment of chest infections and regular hospital checkups,” he added. 

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