There is a need for in­ter­gov­ern­men­tal co­op­er­a­tion and ap­pro­pri­ate poli­cies to ad­dress pol­lu­tion

New Straits Times - - News -

EV­ERY year, the Global Ini­tia­tive for Asthma de­cides on a theme for World Asthma Day. The or­gan­i­sa­tion, which has in­creas­ing aware­ness on asthma as one of its main ob­jec­tives, chose “Bet­ter Air, Bet­ter Breath­ing” as the theme for this year.

This theme is an ac­knowl­edge­ment of the fact that al­though asthma is of­ten viewed as a con­di­tion af­fect­ing the in­di­vid­ual, there are mul­ti­ple ex­ter­nal fac­tors that need to be ad­dressed to im­prove patient out­comes — in this case, the sub­ject of air qual­ity.

At its most ba­sic level, asthma is a disease in which pa­tients have hy­per-re­ac­tive air pas­sages. As in­di­vid­u­als, you can con­trol the con­di­tion with medicine and by avoid­ing trig­gers. Some trig­gers may be easy to avoid, such as the neigh­bour’s cat, but oth­ers are more dif­fi­cult. In Malaysia,

There are lo­cal fac­tors that con­trib­ute to poor air qual­ity, such as traffic con­ges­tion, which can be ad­dressed by ap­pro­pri­ate ur­ban de­vel­op­ment poli­cies.

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