…15 million currently with the disease
By CHUKS EZE
RECENT research has shown that about 100 million Nigerians may suffer from asthma by the year 2025.
Chairman, Board of Trustees of the Amaka Chiwuike-Uba Foundation (ACUF), Dr. Chiwuike Uba, who made this disclosure, further lamented that 15 million Nigerians currently suffer from asthma, “with about five to 10 per cent of children in every community suffering from the disease, out of over 300 million people affected worldwide”.
Uba, who spoke ahead of the 1stAmaka Chiwuike-Uba Annual Asthma Conference and official launch of
AmakaChiwuike-Uba Foundation (ACUF) to hold in Enugu on Thursday, July 6, 2017, regretted that about 75 per cent hospital admissions for asthma and over 90 per cent of asthma deaths are avoidable, and urged the government and all relevant agencies as well as the general public to join efforts and fashion out proactive modalities to curb the looming danger.
Uba explained that ACUF was established in memory of his late wife, Amaka Onyemaechi Chiwuike-Uba, who died of asthma attack on July 4, 2016, and that the Foundation is a non-profit and non-governmental organisation.
According to him, the objective of ACUF is to pursue the ideals that Amaka believed in and lived for; to assist asthma patients in various manners, create awareness on asthma, provide services for families and individuals who are suffering from the disease, and as well educate and train the public on the ailment.
He said the Foundation is also concerned with advocating for the rights of asthma patients, especially those being stigmatised and carrying out research on the most effective ways to manage the disease in order to reduce morbidity and mortality.
He called on those stigmatising asthma patients to desist from such act, pointing out that it is not a communicable disease.
The conference, which will hold at Roban Hotels, Independence Layout, Enugu, with the themed, “Improving the Quality of Life of Nigerians: The Role of Timely and Accurate Diagnosis and Management”, will be chaired by former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Ghali Na’bba, while former Governor of Delta State, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan, will be the Distinguished Guest of Honour.
The conference is expected to expose the public to best methods of asthma treatment, prevention, control and diagnosis.