Eastern Mediterranean University (EMU) Dr. Fazıl Küçük Faculty of Medicine academic staff member and pediatric pulmonologist Prof. Dr. Elif Dağlı released a world asthma day statement that reads as follows:
“It Is Never Too Late”
“According to World Health Organization predictions there are approximately 235 million people who suffer from asthma today. Asthma affects every country irrespective to income and level of development. However 80% of asthma related deaths are witnessed in middle or low income countries. It is possible to keep the asthma under control and prevent asthma attacks. However, undiagnosed patients who haven’t received treatment refer to the emergency services with complaints such as respiratory distress, chest tightness and fremitus. Asthma patients who are unaware that they can receive treatment have their lives restricted as they cannot carry out daily tasks and activities.
Asthma is the most common chronic disease in children. It is more common for children to refer to the emergency room of hospitals as a result of asthma attacks than it is for adults. Children who don’t receive treatment cannot go to school or participate in social activities. They can also suffer psychologically. Asthma decreases the life quality of both children and adults. The symptoms of asthma can appear at any age for children. Treatment should be prompt. IT IS NEVER TOO EARLY TO START TREATMENT
Asthma is a controllable condition! Staying away from cigarette smoke, mold and pollution is required in order to be protected from respiratory tract infections that trigger asthma attacks. Using cortisone and other ingestant medicine every day for a long period of time will help to keep asthma under control. Treatment can be applied to people who have been suffering from asthma for a long period of time- IT IS NEVER TOO LATE TO START TREATMENT
The role of policymakers in all countries is to decrease interior and exterior air pollution that causes asthma and triggers asthma attacks. Smoking indoors should not be allowed and the setting up of power plants that burn fossil fuels must not be permitted.”