1The Federal Government has been called upon to put in place measures that would ensure the proper diagnosis and management of asthma in the country in order to reduce the burden of the dis­ease in the country.
Making the call in Lagos during the official launch of the new Guidelines for the Man­agement of Asthma, the Chief Medical Director, Lagos State University Teaching Hospi­tal (LASUTH), Professor Wale Oke, said that there was need for more emphasis on the control of asthma, in addition to the re­lief of symptoms of the disorder.
Oke, who recalled that asth­ma was once believed to be more of an acute ailment as op­posed to a chronic inflamma­tory disease, argued that the emphasis on the inflammatory component of the disease has brought about a paradigm shift in the way it has been managed across the world.
According to him, “in the past, management and treat­ment of asthma was based on individual opinion, individu­al perception and sometimes even personal belief. Asthma was categorized according to the severity of its symptoms rather than how it could be controlled. What is desired is accurate, ba­sic and balanced information to assist practitioners.”
He regretted that in devel­oping countries like Nigeria, the severity of asthma is grossly underestimated, and that it was not surprising that the shift in treatment plan remains unim­plemented.