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Focus on paediatric asthma control

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MUSCAT: The Ministry of Health’s Department of Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs), represented by the NCD Control Section in the Directorate-General of Primary Healthcare and in collaboration with AstraZeneca Company, organised on Thursday a virtual workshop titled “Redefine Paediatric Asthma Control Programme”.

The workshop focused on several areas such as guidance on diagnosing and assessing paediatric asthma presented by Dr Sumaya al Oraimi, senior consultant paediatric (Respiratory and Allergy) at the Royal Hospital, and the management of asthma in children presented by Dr Younis al Balushi, consultant, paediatric (Respiratory and Sleep Medicine) at the Royal Hospital.

The event saw the participation of as many as 100 physicians from all governorates of the Sultanate of Oman.

The workshop aimed to improve the practice of managing paediatric asthma in primary care.

Asthma is the most common chronic childhood illness worldwide. Patients with asthma can control their symptoms by taking inhalers regularly as prescribed by their physicians, regular follow-up in asthma clinics, and avoiding trigger factors that may lead to asthma attacks.

In collaboration with the Oman Respiratory Society, the Ministry of Health has established 161 asthma clinics in primary healthcare facilities across all governorates. Those facilities are run by trained healthcare providers, including physicians, nurses and pharmacists, to ensure accessible diagnostic and curative services. - ONA

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