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School seeks special asthma mgt centres

Bright Land International Academy, Enugu, has called for the establishment of special hospitals for the management of asthma patients in the country considering the high number of prevalence cases.

Principal of the school, Deacon Aferokhe Sani Endurance, made the call in an interview shortly after Amaka Chiwuike-Uba Foundation ACUF’s School’s Asthma Management Programme with the Academy yesterday.

Deacon Endurance stated that asthma “has been dealing a deadly blow to many Nigerians and the entire world.”

“As experts has claimed that over 300 million people worldwide are prone to Asthma and it is projected that it might increase by another 100 million people by the year 2025 if nothing drastic is done; it is expedient to create special centres for asthma management since, it is estimated that more than 100 million Nigerians would suffer from asthma in the year 2025 and currently, more than 15 million Nigerians have asthma with about 5-10% of children in any given community suffering from asthma,” he said.

Endurance, who called for government to ACUF programme, noted that “everyday children, young and old and even adult die of asthma because is a chronic disease.”

“Today, we have one doctor to 1.2 million asthma patients in Nigeria which indicate we don’t have enough centres, doctors and medical personnel who would be able to take care and manage the situation.”

Speaking to newsmen, the founder of ACUF Foundation, Mr. Chiwuike Uba, regretted that “even with the availability of drugs, significant numbers of patients are still suffering from asthma while a significant number still dies from the diseases as a result of insufficient information on the management of asthma patients.”

He said the ACUF which was established in memory of his wife who died of asthma, had made asthma their focus, said it had been organising “a lot of programmes that include research; education and training; advocacy and policy dialogues; action projects/programmes as well as networking and building alliances, programmes aimed at curtailing the rampaging ailment that has claimed many lives.”

“As non-curable diseases, management strategies are geared towards controlling the disease to reduce the associated morbidity and mortality.”

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