LONDON: Asthma related deaths in England and Wales has reached the highest levels in more than a decade.
According to charity Asthma UK, more than 1,400 adults and children, in other words, 2.5 people out of every 100,000 died from asthma attacks in 2018. The charity claims too many lives were being cut short by a lack of basic care, such as inhaler checks.
Overall, more than 12,700 people have died from asthma in England and Wales in the past 10 years.
England’s Green Party leaders want more staff in hospitals so that doctors could spend more time with asthma patients.
National Health Service (NHS) England claims childhood asthmas are linked to rising air pollution; it can cause breathlessness, wheezing, coughing and a tight chest.
According to NHS, nearly five million people in England and Wales have asthma, a condition that affects the airways. NHS recommends use of ‘greener’ inhalers and warn that the young ones are at a greater risk of death from asthma.