Doha, – Primary Health Care Corporation (PHCC) on Wednesday renewed its commitment to improve asthma awareness by focusing on ways to prevent and reduce its risk.

PHCC joined the international community to observe World Asthma Day, organized by the Global Initiative for Asthma (GINA) to raise awareness about asthma and improve asthma care throughout the world.

World Asthma Day takes place each year on the first Tuesday in May. The main aim of the annual event is to improve asthma awareness and care around the world.

Executive Director of the Operating Department at PHCC Dr Samia al-Abdullah said in a press statement on Wednesday that the role of the PHCC aims to increase awareness about asthma, identify its health complications, enhance knowledge and determine the causes of the spread of the disease by improving prevention methods and reducing the risk of infection.

PHCC provides through health centers programs defining asthma and prevention methods through various awareness workshops and lectures for patients and reviewers shedding light on its causes, complications and treatment methods in addition to brochures and educational publications distributed to the health center throughout the year, Dr al-Abdullah added.

Asthma is a disease that affects the lungs and is one of the most common long-term diseases in children. Adults can also have asthma, which causes wheezing, breathlessness, chest tightness, and coughing at night or early in the morning.

According to WHO, Some 235 million people currently suffer from asthma. The strongest risk factors for developing asthma are inhaled substances and particles that may provoke allergic reactions or irritate the airways. (QNA)

Source: Qatar News Agency