01 May 2010 | News
World Asthma Day - Asthma Society of Ireland Calls for 50% Reduction in Asthma Hospitalisations
To mark World Asthma Day on Tuesday 4th May, the Asthma Society of Ireland has joined with international experts in a global initiative to cut asthma hospitalisations in half by 2015 by improving asthma control. In Ireland, 60% of people with asthma do not have their symptoms controlled. There are approximately 5000 asthma related hospital admissions every year in this country. The goal of the Asthma Society of Ireland is to reduce these admissions by 50% over the next five years.
Dr Jean Holohan, CEO, Asthma Society of Ireland commented, "Asthma cannot be cured, but we know that with proper guideline based treatment, most patients can achieve good control of their condition. Controlled asthma means no, or very minimal symptoms, and very infrequent asthma attacks. A person whose asthma is under control can go to work or school, exercise and participate fully in life. Our target for the next five years is a reduction in hospitalisations by 50%. In the Irish context this would mean a reduction in asthma hospital bed days of approximately 40%.
In May, the Asthma Society is asking the public to support their fundraising "Cupcakes for Asthma" campaign. People are encouraged to bake, buy or sell cupcakes to raise funds.They can show their support by logging on to http://www.asthmasociety.ie to order a fundraising pack or to donate a virtual cupcake via facebook. Supporters of the campaign include celebrity chef Rozanne Stevens, Ireland and Manchester United footballer John O’Shea, Munster and Ireland fly-half Ronan O'Gara, former Leinster and Ireland winger Denis Hickey and rugby pundit Brent Pope.
Commenting on the Cupcakes for Asthma campaign, celebrity chef Rozanne Stevens said, "During the month of May, we are taking the opportunity to raise vital funds for the Asthma Society of Ireland. We would ask everyone to visit the Asthma Society website to sign up for a cupcake fundraising pack and host a cupcake fundraising event. You can also help by logging on to the Asthma Society facebook page and donating a virtual cupcake to your facebook friends. Dyson are donating €1 for every 10 virtual cupcakes that are donated. These funds will be used to continue supporting nearly half a million people with asthma in Ireland."
Ireland has the 4th highest prevalence of asthma worldwide. One person will die every week as a result of the condition1. Symptoms of asthma include recurrent breathing problems and symptoms such as breathlessness, wheezing, chest tightness, and coughing. Good asthma control is possible for most people through the correct use of the preventer and reliever inhalers, the regular use of a peak flow meter to monitor asthma symptoms and through the use of an asthma management plan to monitor the condition.