By Ephraim Oseji
Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Dr Jide Idris has lamented the increase in asthma disease around the world, especially as communities adopt western lifestyles and become urbanized.
The Commissioner who made the observation weekend in a speech delivered on his behalf by Dr. Longe Jemilade, Director, Disease Control, Lagos State Ministry of Health in a workshop organised by the Elias Nelson Oyedokun Foundation( ENOF) at Illupeju, Lagos to mark World Asthma Day and also in memory of late Nelson Oyedokun, a 13-year-year-old boy who died from asthma, disclosed that an estimated 300 million people worldwide are suffering from asthma with children constituting a reasonable percentage of those afflicted.
Consequently, experts who delivered papers in the workshop tagged, “You Can Control Your Asthma,” have called on both the public and private sectors to create a conducive work environment devoid of sensitizers that could trigger occupational asthma, as well as contribute to already high incidence of asthma in Nigeria.
Idris advised parents and guardians to engage health care professionals on improved knowledge, awareness and management of childhood asthma to check the chronic condition that is most commonly responsible for absence of pupils from schools across the federation.
“Prevalence of asthma was increasing throughout the world, especially as communities adopt western lifestyles and become urbanized, “It is estimated that there may be an additional 100 million persons worldwide with asthma by 2025, and the developing world may be disproportionally contributing to this increase,” Idris lamented.
While delivering his paper, Professor James Renner, a Professor of Paediatrics from University of Lagos, advised parents to first get a proper diagnosis of asthma and prevent living in denial of the condition.