Take control of your asthma

Medical professionals at all of the Cayman Islands’ public hospitals and clinics will be on hand Tuesday to give free advice on how to control and manage asthma.

An educational seminar on asthma held last week means that there are now 122 professionals in the health field armed with new, practical information on controlling the disease – and they want to share that new knowledge with Cayman’s asthma sufferers.

Asthma is the third most common ailment in the Cayman Islands, according to the 2011 census, which showed there were more than 1,500 people living with the illness locally.

Melissa Shaw, a respiratory therapist at the Cayman Islands Health Services Authority, said the information passed along to the 122 attendees at the 21 April seminar by three prominent respiratory experts from the United States, Dr. Christopher Fanta, Dr. Kennan Haver and Dr. Dennis Beer, would now filter down to patients and members of the public who need to find out more about controlling asthma.

On World Asthma Day, Tuesday, 1 May, those new educators will be available at public health clinics and hospitals throughout the Cayman Islands to pass on their knowledge.

“The theme for World Asthma Day is ‘You can control your asthma’ and that’s what the educators will be talking to people about, so that they feel they are in control of their asthma and don’t have to always turn to their doctor or medical professional to control it,” said Ms Shaw, who was involved in setting up the recently formed Asthma Cayman support group.

World Asthma Day is an annual event organised by the Global Initiative for Asthma with a goal to improve asthma awareness and care around the world.

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