|A doctor provides an asthma checkup to a girl at Hà Nội Medical University. — Photo nhandan.com.vn|Viet Nam News
HÀ NỘI — The Bạch Mai General Hospital will provide free check-ups and consultations, as well as free medicine, to newly diagnosed asthma patients on May 21, in recognition of Global Asthma Day.
Residents of Hà Nội and neighbouring areas suffering from coughing, respiratory problems and chest pains may register for appointments by calling 04.36291207/0972463203 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Recent health sector statistics have noted that Việt Nam has some 3.5 million asthma patients, equivalent to 4 per cent of the population. The disease places a significant burden on patients and their families, due to costly treatments and fatalities.
Operating under the theme, You can control your asthma, the annual event, organised by the Global Initiative for Asthma (GINA), seeks to increase asthma awareness and care throughout the world.
Asthma, a chronic lung disease, is a noncommunicable respiratory disease that affects more than 300 million people worldwide. It is characterised by recurrent difficulties with breathing, including symptoms such as shortness of breath, wheezing, tightness in the chest, and coughing.— VNS