A retired Midwife, a former lecturer at the Department of Nursing And Midwifery, University of Ghana, Legon and a former Vice-Dean at the Department of Nursing And Midwifery, Valley View University, Oyibi, Mrs. Felicia Dansoa Darkwah, says, over three hundred million people suffer from asthma worldwide.
According to her, seventy-five percent, of that number, are people below the age of 18 years. The former midwife, also disclosed that, this disease can also affect newly born babies, since it can be acquired genetically.
Asthma, which is a chronic or long- standing disease of the airwaves, or breathing path of the body, can also be developed later on, in life. According to her, this is possible, if the individual has those genes, or asthma runs through his or her family.
Speaking, to Madam Gertrude Opare-Addo, on the Health Walk Show, on Radio XYZ, Madam Felicia stated that, Asthma is usually triggered by allergic reactions, strong fragrances, dust, fumes from cars, or smoke from burning rubbish, perfumes, pollen from flowers or grass, among other things.
She also went on to say that, stress, excitement or shock, may trigger asthma, or its attack on an individual. Bronchitis, bouts of cold or cough, and infection of the lungs, can also lead to the development of asthma, in later life. She also indicated that, the feeling of uneasiness in the chest, is one of the symptoms of an asthmatic attack.
She advised all those who have Asthma, to carry their medicine on them, wherever they are, to ensure their safety.