Tuesday, January 31, 2023

Asthma, a public health problem

This year the Asthma Forum was held under the title: “Asthma, visibility and commitments” and it was pointed out, among other things, to publicize greater commitments regarding timely diagnosis and quality treatment of those Need to do and agree. living with asthma This is because it is a public health problem and needs to be addressed in time to avoid complications, deaths and poor quality of life.

In the said forum, Dr. Virginia Molina, consultant on chronic diseases of PAHO/WHO in Mexico, pointed out that “asthma is within the non-communicable diseases, which constitute the main causes of morbidity, mortality, disability and premature Deaths worldwide. Asthma is included in the WHO Global Action Plan for the Prevention and Control of NCDs and the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. WHO supports the diagnosis, treatment and Committed to improving monitoring.

A combination of therapeutic resources is necessary to manage a patient with asthma.

For his part, Dr. Desiree Larenas Linneman, specialist in pulmonary health at the Hospital Medica Sur, said that “the management of patients who are critically ill due to asthma must be achieved through a combination of therapeutic resources, since many of them suffer from overuse.” die. Salbutamol and some anti-inflammatory. In addition, he pointed to the fact that 25% of the deceased suffered from asthma in its mild form.

Therefore, the implementation of public policies to take care of this situation is noteworthy. In this regard, Eric Antonio Ochoa, director of Salud Justa MX, said that “127,158 cases were reported in Mexico in 2020; Of these, 54% occurred in the first trimester and 25.4% in children under 10 years of age. The most relevant institutions for disease care are the IMSS (41,278), the Ministry of Health (36,158) and the ISSSTE (16,719).

It is a costly disease for patients and the health system

In addition, he added that “asthma control requires strengthening the community of patients and their caregivers, experts, civil organizations, and public decision makers (legislators and field officials). In the same way, prevention of risk factors In addition, infrastructure and access to medicines should be strengthened: smoking, poor air quality and exposure to wood smoke”.

At the end of the forum, Senator Lilia Margarita Valdez Martínez, President of the Health Commission, emphasized that “asthma is a costly disease for those who suffer from it and for the health system, which is why it is important to pay special attention to it.” This situation. . I am very pleased to support the alliance and commitment with civil society, we have put forward initiatives and proposals to address the various public health problems I see affecting Mexico. I promise to continue working hand in hand with organized civil society to address these health problems.

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