Asthma: The Important Facts
On average 63 Kiwis die per year from Asthma, that’s more than the amount of people killed by tornados.
2017 is the year to improve the awareness and management of asthma, not only around New Zealand but around the world.
The recently released Impact of Respiratory Disease in New Zealand: 2016 Update, commissioned by the Asthma and Respiratory Foundation NZ, reported that asthma is the cause of 63 deaths on average each year. Don’t you think this is shocking?? I do!
I myself have Asthma. I have had it since I was three and from experience the only way to live with it (not beat it) is to have a plan!!! An Asthma Action Plan. This includes regular visits to the doctor, prevention medication and a firm hand on your personal triggers.
If this is all new information to you, then I suggest you down load the FREE ‘My Asthma’ smartphone app ASAP. The app includes steps to assist someone having an asthma attack, which the Asthma and Respiratory Foundation urges all Kiwis to have on-hand, also an electronic Asthma Action Plan and other Asthma information.
If that spiel didn’t convince you to take better action then maybe these facts will....
- Over 521,000 Kiwis take medication for Asthma − one in nine adults and one in seven children
- Large numbers of children (3,552 or 410.3 per 100,000 in 2015) are still being admitted to hospital with Asthma, and some of these will have had a potentially life-threatening attack (Telfar Barnard et al., 2016)
- By far the highest number of people being admitted to hospital with asthma are Māori, Pacific peoples and people living in the most deprived areas: Māori are 3.4 times and Pacific peoples 3.9 times more likely to be hospitalised than Europeans or other New Zealanders, and people living in the most deprived areas are 3.7 times more likely to be hospitalised than those in the least deprived areas (Telfar Barnard et al., 2016).
- The cost of asthma to the nation is over $858 million per year (Telfar Barnard et al., 2016).
Now do you want to download the app??
Here’s a link to the My Asthma app....
And here’s a link to the Asthmas and Respiratory Foundation website, there to answer all of your questions: