The Federal Government has developed and is implementing the National Multi-Sectoral Action Plan for the Prevention and Control of Non-Communicable Diseases (2019-2025) with clear strategies to address NCDs including asthma across relevant sectors.
The Minister of health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire made this known in a message to commemorate this years World Asthma Day.
Dr.Enahire stressed the need to change misconceptions about asthma, and that it has a significant impact on public health.
” Asthma cannot be cured but can effectively be managed. Asthma attack can be prevented and controlled by complying with treatment advise.” he said.
“Asthma is a chronic respiratory condition characterized by recurrent episodes of airway narrowing and obstruction, which reverses either spontaneously or after use of medication, and is usually associated with hyper-responsiveness and inflammation of the lower part of the airways. “
“Because of these, whenever there is an asthma attack, the patient will wheeze while breathing, cough, have chest tightness and difficulty breathing, which can lead to death if not resolved spontaneously or by use of medicines.” the minister said.
Dr, Enahire said the Ministry of Health in collaboration with stakeholders are raising public awareness and educating people about asthma as part of the national response to asthma and other Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs).
“The Federal Ministry of Health in collaboration with stakeholders are raising public awareness and educating people about asthma.
“In this year’s commemoration of the World Asthma Day, the take home message is that there is need to change misconceptions about asthma. Also, to note that asthma has a significant impact on public health; asthma cannot be cured but can effectively be managed. Asthma attack can be prevented and controlled by complying with treatment advise.”he added.