Press Release
1 May 2015 - 12:30pm

An education series has been launched to empower asthmatics and caregivers of persons with asthma to effectively manage the condition.

The asthma educational series, referred to as “Asthma Education 101” was launched during the Health and Safety Fair held at the Breeze Way of the Central Administration Complex on Tuesday, April 28.

The series is designed to empower parents and children with knowledge and tools to effectively manage asthma. It includes asthma fast facts for parents and children ages six to eleven, and an asthma colouring and workbook for children ages three to five.

 Chief of Drugs and Pharmaceutical Services, Mrs. Gracia Wheatley-Smith said, “Launching the books at the fair was the perfect time to interact with the adults on the management of asthma and for them to learn book should be used.”  She added that parents were grateful that the information was presented in an age appropriate format which makes the books fun and easy to use.

Mrs. Wheatley-Smith said that once the books are mass produced they will be available to schools and daycare centres throughout the Territory.  She also stated that the proper use of these publications will empower parents and children affected by asthma to effectively treat and control their condition.  

She encouraged asthmatics and caregivers of people with asthma to use the publications and other tools to better manage the lung disease in a manner which will result in the reduction of attacks and hospital visits. 

Persons interested in obtaining a copy of the publication can contact the Mrs. Wheatley-Smith at 468-4398 by email grwheatley-smith@hotmail.com or visit the ministry on the second floor at Betteto Frett Building.

The Ministry of Health and Social Development is committed to enabling the rational use of medicines. 

Author

Natasha Lettsome

Marketing and Communications Manager
BVI Health Services Authority
Telephone: 852-7655
Email:  nlettsome@bvihsa.vg

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