Health department to host free family asthma
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[APRIL 29, 2005]
The American Lung
Association, the Logan County Asthma Partnership and the Logan
County Health Department will sponsor a free family asthma program,
"Living with Asthma," in conjunction with
World Asthma Day
on May 3. The program provides asthma education for children and
Children will learn about asthma in a
program separate from the adults. Sharon Koester, respiratory
therapist at Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital, will educate
children about their condition, how to stay healthy and how to cope
with asthma at school, home and play.
Dr. M. Haitham Bakir, M.D., F.C.C.P.,
will spend time with parents and caregivers of children with asthma,
helping them to better understand asthma and its management. Dr.
Bakir is the director of asthma and pulmonary rehabilitation at SIU
School of Medicine.
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"Survey data has shown that 12.1
percent of adults in Logan County have asthma and that 10 percent of
school-age children in Logan County use inhalers," said Marcia
Dowling, R.N., B.S.N. and education coordinator at the health
department. "We hope families will take advantage of this
opportunity to learn more about asthma and how to manage it
The free program "Living with
Asthma" will be presented from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Logan
County Health Department.
County Health Department news release]