DONEGAL’S 15,894 ASTHMA SUFFERERS SAY NOT ENOUGH IS BEING DONE TO HELP THEM

first_imgAsthma sufferers in Donegal say the condition has robbed them of their lives and that it is not taken seriously enough.Hundreds of young Donegal children suffer from asthma.A total of 15, 894 people across Donegal live with asthma.Many of these patients from Donegal attended Ireland’s largest patient event for all those living with asthma. The Asthma Society of Ireland held the event to mark the launch of their “Living with Asthma” study results.This study, and the dialogue between the Asthma Society and asthma sufferers on the impact that this condition has on quality of life, confirmed the immediate need for the implementation of the National Clinical Programme.Highlighting the findings of the Living with Asthma study, the Asthma Society found that people in Donegal with asthma are frustrated and feel lost.They feel that asthma has robbed them of their lives and that it is not taken seriously enough. In Ireland asthma affects 470,000 people, with over 15, 800 people affected in Donegal alone, we have the fourth highest prevalence of asthma worldwide. Participants of the Living with Asthma study revealed that they feel there is a “one size fits all” system of management in Ireland, and that they are not treated as individuals with specific goals and outcomes. They believe this is because asthma is so prevalent, therefore appearing to be less important.The need for primary care solutions is apparent, with the results of the survey revealing that people with asthma feel abandoned by the system. They describe their experience of disjointed services and poor follow-on care as distressing. Approximately one person a week dies as a result of asthma, yet 90% of these deaths are preventable.Commmenting on the Living with Asthma results, Sharon Cosgrove CEO Asthma Society of Ireland said the resilience and personal strength of people with asthma is remarkable.“They describe the relentless need to be vigilant and aware of their own bodies all the time, and of the unpredictable nature of asthma, with the constant fear of things getting worse. They are limiting their activity levels, giving up hobbies and withdrawing from social and family life because of their asthma.“They are embarrassed about taking medication publically; they are being teased and seen as lazy, overweight and inactive. These are very significant impacts on wellbeing and are without a doubt taking its toll. We are calling on the Government to take these findings under advisement and support a new approach to asthma management.” “I would like to thank the Living with Asthma study sponsors, Boehringer Ingelheim for their help on this research. With their support, we now have the information to further understand and empower our members with the support they need.”Speaking at the event Asthma patient and Paralympic Athlete Darragh McDonald said “Asthma impacts families throughout Ireland in different ways and can negatively affect people’s mental health, their self confidence and stop them from doing every day activities like exercising or running for a bus; but it doesn’t have to be that way.“The Asthma Society of Ireland is helping people throughout Ireland live well with asthma. Our message is that living with asthma doesn’t mean you can’t be healthy and achieve your goals. With the right education and supports, I haven’t let asthma hold me back from competing as a Paralympian. I urge everyone to follow my lead and contact the Asthma Society to find out what they can do to change the way they are living with asthma.”There are more than 5,000 admissions per year to hospital for asthma treatment, with the average cost of a hospital admission for asthma costing a staggering €2,737. Every 26 minutes someone with asthma attends a hospital emergency department. The burden of the financial cost of asthma stands out in the Living with Asthma report, with some extremely troubling disclosures; people described how they skip their medication, GP visits and have even started travelling abroad to buy cheaper medicationPeople with chronic illnesses such as asthma find themselves labeled and marginalised due to a lack of awareness from others about their condition. The Asthma Society of Ireland aims to empower and provide those affected by Asthma with the support they need and the reassurance that there is a secure and safe place where they can get information and support on an on-going basis.For advice or support on asthma, or for further information about the Asthma Society of Ireland visit www.asthma.ie or call 1850 44 54 64DONEGAL’S 15,894 ASTHMA SUFFERERS SAY NOT ENOUGH IS BEING DONE TO HELP THEM was last modified: February 27th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:asthmadonegalinhalerslast_img