Many Galway people who have asthma do not have control of their symptoms, according to pharmaceutical company, Allen & Hanburys.
The company, which recently organised ‘Asthma Control Week’, said that many people who visited the asthma stand in the Eyre Square Shopping Centre during that week did not have control of their symptoms.
A total of 150 people with asthma, who visited the stand, scored an average of ten out of a possible score of 25 in the Asthma Control Test (ACT) offered at the stand.
The ACT test is based on international, recognised measures of asthma control and is a simple, five-question test to gauge how much asthma symptoms are interfering with a person’s life. A score of less than 20 on the ACT indicates that the person’s asthma may not be under control, leading to a potential reduction in quality of life and more impact on the person’s health.
Asthma nurse Irene Walsh, who worked at the stand, said that it was a pity to see people in Galway suffering unnecessarily with asthma symptoms. “Our hope is that by informing people about the condition and their ACT score, we will empower them to visit their GP and seek greater control,” she said.