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Amartha Moa Asha
School Of Nursing Ondo
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A study on Asthma Control in children was on Wednesday inaugurated at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, Ikeja.

The Lead Investigator of the study, Dr Olufunke Adeyeye, who is a Consultant Respiratory Physician at LASUTH, said the study was the product of a collaboration between the Lagos State University College of Medicine, Ikeja and Queen Mary University of London, United Kingdom.

“It is an international study taking place in six other countries including Nigeria, Uganda, Ghana, Zimbabwe and headquarters of this project is in the UK.

“Asthma is the most chronic condition in children and we noticed there is under-diagnosis and treatment of this condition in children. As a result, the condition can have an impact on the quality of life of these children,’’ Adeyeye said.

She said that the study would financed by the National Institute for Health and Research, United Kingdom would be a three-year project to be carried out on school children between the ages of 12 and 16. “The aim is to detect asthma in 500 children after screening between 10,000 and 12,000 children across schools in Lagos State,’’ Adeyeye said.

She stressed that undiagnosed asthma could lead to many problems in a child, including poor development, absence from school, poor performance and not being able to achieve maximum potentials by the affected children.

A Family Physician at LASUTH, Dr Oluwajimi Sodipo, in his remarks said that the study would help to get the underlining idea of the dangers asthma pose among children.

He said that misdiagnosis and denial of the condition were challenges facing asthma management and control in Nigeria. “This study will help us know the true prevalence, the treatment modalities people have been using, some of the stigma associated with it and how we can help children get better treatment.”

By: Dayo Ojerinde
The Punch News

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