Attention put on asthma
A campaign to educate children on asthma is spreading around the South Waikato.
‘‘The campaign is designed to raise awareness so that children understand what happens when people get asthma and how medication and exercise can help them,’’ Project Energize team member Janine Gilmore said.
There are a high number of asthmatics in the Waikato with the District Health Board reporting 250 children admitted to hospital each year and according to the Asthma and Respiratory Foundation, in 2009 about 22,000 children in the Waikato were living with asthma.
Cards and activity sheets have also been developed to encourage children to learn about asthma symptoms and treatment.
Officials will be at Strathmore School and Bishop Edward Gaines School on November 11 to talk about the campaign.
‘‘At the assemblies next week we will have someone who will be dressed as Sailor the Waikato Asthma mascot who will be speaking to the children about asthma – what it is, the symptoms and how it is treated and managed.’’
Project Energize and Asthma Waikato are collaborating to try to raise the awareness of asthma across the Waikato region.
ASTHMA: A campaign is being rolled out in the South Waikato to help educate children about asthma.