Open Airways To Celebrate World Asthma Day

May 2, 2019

Open Airways will celebrate World Asthma Day on Tuesday, May 7 from 11.30am to 2.00pm at City Hall in Hamilton.

A spokesperson said, “World Asthma Day is celebrated around the world on the first Tuesday in May. World Asthma Day is an annual event organized by the Global Initiative for Asthma [GINA] to improve asthma awareness and care around the world.

“The Open Airways event will be held at City Hall in Hamilton. We will be offering asthma education and free giveaways of pillows, spacers, and microfibre cloths [while supplies last].

“We will also have entertainment from Happy Moments Preschool, Warwick Preschool, Once Upon a Time, Somersfield Academy, and Bermuda High School.

“The event will be opened by a speech from Senator Jason Hayward – Junior Minister for Education, Labour Community Affairs & Sports and Health, at 12.00pm.”

Open Airways World Asthma Day Bermuda May 2019

“Our theme for this year is ‘Helping Bermuda Breathe.’ Open Airways [registered charity #458] has been helping Bermuda for more than 20 years. Our mission is to improve the lives and well-being of more than 8000 people in Bermuda whose lives are affected by asthma.

“Asthma is common, disabling, distressing, misunderstood and potentially life-threatening, but it is treatable.

“Around the world as many as 1000 people die every day from asthma, but with the correct treatment people can live a full and active life. The goal is control, well-controlled asthma means having no asthma attacks and being able to participate in any activity.

“No one should suffer with asthma. Asthma is a long-term inflammatory condition that affects the small airways – the tubes that carry air in and out of your lungs. It usually causes symptoms such as coughing, wheezing and breathlessness.

“The sensitive airways can react to a variety of triggers [dust, mould, pollen, pets, smoke and much more] causing the symptoms of asthma. Asthma is common in Bermuda, affecting 1 in 5 children and 1 in 10 adults.

“Open Airways emphasis is on education, and we recently released an online asthma course aimed at people who work with children, teaching them what to do in the event of an asthma attack. This free on-line course takes about 1 hour to complete, and participants can print a certificate on completion of the course. Please visit Open Airways website to access the course.”

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