Monday, May 05, 2014

Health - Tomorrow is World Asthma Day

In today's show, we spoke to Dr Shirani Naidoo – Chairperson of the National Asthma Education Programme. We were talking about asthma. It is said to be one of the most common chronic diseases in the world, affecting more than 300 million people world-wide. Asthma is characterized by symptoms such as breathlessness, wheezing, chest tightness and coughing.  However, asthma experts do know that with proper treatment most asthma patients can achieve good control of their disease. Tomorrow is World Asthma Day and this year’s theme is “You Can Control Asthma”. In South Africa, the National Asthma Education Campaign collaborates with an international body and is tasked with the responsibility to disseminate globally accepted asthma treatment guidelines and implement asthma related patient education. Dr Naidoo explained more about the campaign. For more information visit your nearest hospital or clinic alternatively go to www.asthma.co.za or contact 0861 asthma (278 462).

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