Medical experts of World Health Organization (WHO) said at a meeting yesterday held by the Society of Asthma and Allergy and Clinical Immunology in Ho Chi Minh City and representative office of HCMC GlaxoSmithKline that the rate of Vietnamese kids in the age of 12 and 13 suffering bronchial asthma is highest in Asian region with 30 percent and it is on upward trend.
There has been no medication to cure bronchial asthma. As per WHO, the number of people with bronchial asthma is escalating with estimation of 334 million.
However, only 5 percent of them have received proper treatment.
Approximately 200,000 people die of the disease annually in the world including 3,000 Vietnamese people. Diagnosis of the disease in children is very difficult because the symptom is not very clear consequently leading to late diagnosis and treatment.
Treatment cost for bronchial asthma is becoming a burden for the society.
Dr. Le Thi Tuyet Lan, chairwoman of the Society of Asthma and Allergy and Clinical Immunology in Ho Chi Minh City said that bronchial asthma is a hereditary disease, influenced by living environment and atopy giving advice that asthma patients should avoid the foods causing allergy and cold food.
Dr. Lan warned patients not to buy medicine without doctor’s prescription to avoid allergy.