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DateLine Sunday, 11 May 2008

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Thoracic experts debate on asthmatic prevention

It is estimated that more than one million people suffer from asthma in Sri Lanka.

World Asthma Day which fell on May 6 was observed by the Ministry of Health and Nutrition and the Thoracic Surgeons Association under the theme "Asthma Can Be Controlled."

Awareness and advices were given on how to prevent asthma and the suitable treatment.

Among the diseases in the world asthma is the most commonest because it affects more than 300 million people.

An authority in asthma Dr. Vijitha Senarathne of Welisara hospital at a conference held at the Health Education Unit said, Out of 250 people who die all over the globe at least one is an asthmatic patient".

He also said that asthma is caused by a complex interaction of genetic and environmental factors and also due to various kinds of chemicals, smoke and dust."

Secretary of the Asthma Surgeons Association, Keerthi Gunasekara said "There are 160,000 people admit to hospitals every year out of which over thousands die."

Asthma is a disease that can be controlled making a person lead a normal life, said Dr. Amitha Fernando.

Dr. Anoma Siribaddane said "It is difficult to prescribe drugs for lungs but by using inhalers it can be arrested."

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