June 16, 2013
No room for complacency in asthma care
Māori are being told to speak up if they don’t think they are getting proper treatment for asthma.
Tristram Ingham, a medical advisor to the Asthma Foundation, says not only do Māori have higher rates of asthma, but they are also more likely to be under-treated.
He says while drugs won’t cure the condition, they can relieve the symptoms, but a lot of whānau get complacent.
"My message to whānau is that if you're having symptoms on a daily basis or even wheezing more than a couple of times a week or even using a reliever more than a couple of times a week, you're not on enough treatment and there are other treatments we can add into the mix," Dr Ingham says.
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