At­ten­tion put on asthma

South Waikato News - - NEWS -

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.

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