[Lagos]–Prof. Gregory Erhabor, Consultant Pulmonologist, Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) Teaching Hospital, Ile-Ife, Osun on Sunday has said that more than 10 million Nigerians are currently suffering from asthma.
The OAU don gave this revelation in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos.
The professor, who is also the Managing Director, Asthma and Chest Care Foundation, Ile-Ife further revealed that 500,000 patients died annually, globally, due to the disease, said that Nigeria had not done much in the area of research.
“In the area of research, we are still not where we should be, but notwithstanding, we are able to understand the cause of asthma and how to control it.
“One of the challenges is that, many people do not know how to prevent the ailment.
“That is why the foundation is trying to create the awareness for patients to know the symptoms of the disease and study them.
“The Asthma and Chest Care Foundation gives out free drugs to asthma patients so that they could be able to know how to control the ailment.
“We are being funded by ourselves and few other donours, government agencies should also come to our aid because we cannot do it all alone,” he said
The professor on the government to train more doctors and nurses and other health care practitioners on the management of the disease.
The medical practitioner also called on the government at all levels to subsidise the high cost of drug for the treatment of patients.Please Follow Us @ThePageNg