World Asthma Day 2022 Conference in Malaysia

World Asthma Day 2022 “Closing Gaps in Asthma Care”

Yeahโ€ผ๏ธ SiennyLovesDrawing ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿป would like to sharing here about her recent media attendance to witness the awareness conference on theme “Closing Gaps in Asthma Care” in conjunction with the World Asthma Day 2022

It was being officiated by YB Khairy Jamaluddin, the Minister of Health of Malaysia ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡พ “For the past 2 years, we have been busy with the pandemic Covid-19. Now, as we transition to the endemic phase, it’s time that we go back to optimize the health care system. The Health Facts 2021 released in 2021 by the ministry has showed that the asthma-related deaths are the 2nd highest recorded at the government hospitals. This can be avoided through bridging the gaps in asthma care,” YB Khairy said at the conference

He has also thanked all Malaysians for adhering to Covid-19 standard operating procedures (SOP) during the current transition into the endemic phase, especially during the Raya festivities , yes, #kitajagakita

This World Asthma Day Conference 2022 was organized by Asthma Malaysia & Dr Helmy Haja Mydin, the Co-Founder of Asthma Malaysia. Asthma Malaysia is a non-profitable organization with the mission to serve as a credible resource on asthma, to raise awareness of best standards of care & to empower patients in the management of their asthma. Its vision is to be Malaysiaโ€™s leading portal for asthma with a view of creating more informed & empowered patients. Also aim to ensure that asthma care in Malaysia is equal to the best in the world with a view to reducing the suffering & deaths associated with it

This conference was attended by,

  • Dr Sri Wahyu, President of Malaysia Family Medicine Specialists Association
  • Assoc. Prof. Dr Pang Yong Kek, President of Malaysia Thoracic Society
  • Prof Ernest Poh, Consultant Respiratory Physician, UMMC
  • Prof Dr Roslina, Chairman of Lung Foundation Malaysia
  • Dr Thirunavukarasu Rajoo, Honorary General of the Malaysian Medical Association
  • Mr Amrahi Buang, President of Malaysian Pharmacist Society
  • Dr Sanjeev Panchal, Country President of AstraZeneca Malaysia
  • Dina Nadzir (Sinar FM Radio DJ & singer), an Asthma Patient, you may check out her IGTV recording sharing about her Asthma journey via below,
  1. Episode 1๏ธโƒฃ๐Ÿ“น๐ŸŒ https://www.instagram.com/tv/CTqnegAlaMl/
  2. Episode 2๏ธโƒฃ๐Ÿ“น๐ŸŒ https://www.instagram.com/tv/CTvz83JF6J_/
  3. Episode 3๏ธโƒฃ๐Ÿ“น๐ŸŒ https://www.instagram.com/tv/CTyjNWxlefs/

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World Asthma Day is an annual awareness event supported by Global Initiative for Asthma (GINA), US based National Heart Lung & Blood Institute (NHLB) & the World Asthma Foundation. It aims to raising awareness of asthma & how it affects sufferers. The day falls on the 1๏ธโƒฃst Tuesday in May each year with aims to raising support for sufferers & their families. Asthma also is included in the WHO’s Global Action Plan for the Prevention & Control of NCDs & the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

SiennyLovesDrawing has learnt so much from her attendance at this half-day conference aimed to discuss the challenges & solutions in addressing the gaps in asthma care in Malaysia in line with the World Asthma Day 2022’s theme ~ Closing Gaps in Asthma Care ~ In Malaysia, asthma affects almost 2 million children & adults with respiratory diseases being the 2nd most common cause of death within the Ministry of Health hospitals[1]

However, the lack of recognition of asthma as an area of focus in the national healthcare agenda, in particular has been cited as one of the major barriers in enabling earlier & equitable access to both diagnosis & evidence-guided treatment among the asthma patients in the country[2]

Note[1] ~ Health Facts 2017. Ministry of Health Malaysia. Planning Division. Health Informatics Centre
Note[2] ~ Cheong AT et al. Implementing asthma management guidelines in public primary care clinics in Malaysia. NPJ Primary Care Respiratory Medicine (2021) 31:47

This conference is held to commemorate the celebration of the World Asthma Day 2022 in collaboration with the Malaysian Thoracic Society (MTS), Malaysian Family Medicine Specialistsโ€™ Association (FMSA), Malaysian Medical Association (MMA), Malaysian Pharmacists Society (MPS), Novartis Malaysia & AstraZeneca Malaysia

It started with the opening speech by Dr Helmy Haja Mydin, the Co-Founder of Asthma Malaysia. During this conference, healthcare experts, patient representatives & industry partners have come together to explore the potential of making asthma as a key non-communicable disease (NCD) priority area in Malaysia

The sessions are as follows,

  • Asthma Control: Paving the Way Towards Symptom-free Days , by the Assoc. Prof. Dr. Ernest Poh Mau Ern, Consultant Respiratory Physician, UMMC

Asthma & COVID-19

1. People with moderate to severe asthma may be at higher risk of getting very sick from COVID-19. COVID-19 which affects the respiratory system can cause an asthma exacerbation & possibly lead to pneumonia & acute respiratory disease[3].

2. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, GINA released some interim guidelines for asthmatics and physicians to adhere to as below[3]:

  • People with asthma should continue all their inhaled medication, including ICS, as prescribed by their doctor
  • In acute asthma attacks, patients should urgently see their healthcare provider to prevent escalation of the condition
  • Nebulisers should, where possible, be avoided for acute attacks due to the increased risk of dissemina:ting COVID-19 (to other patients and to physicians, nurses & other health personnel)

3. Pressurised metered dose inhaler (pMDI) via a spacer is the preferred treatment during severe attacks (spacers must not be shared at home)

4. While a patient is being treated for a severe attack, their maintenance inhaled asthma treatment should be continued (at home & in the hospital)

  • Patients with allergic rhinitis should continue to take their nasal corticosteroids, as prescribed by their clinician
  • Routine spirometry testing should be suspended to reduce the risk of viral transmission & if necessary, adequate infection control measures should be taken

This session also included recorded video with virtual sharing from 2 asthma patients, do check out to view from the FB live recording links at Asthma Malaysia’s FB page

Note[3] ~ GINA Report 2022. Available from https://ginasthma.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/GINA-Main-Report-2022-FINAL-22-05-03-WMS.pdf. Last accessed, May 12 2022

  • Addressing the Gaps in Asthma care in Malaysia , by Dr. Sri Wahyu Taher, President of Malaysia Family Medicine Specialists’ Association & Assoc. Prof. Dr. Pang Yong Kek, President of Malaysia Thoracic Society

Current Gaps in Asthma Care Worldwide

According to GINA, in addition to unequal access to diagnosis & treatment, the current gaps in asthma care exist[4]:

  • between care for different socio-economic, ethnic & age groups
  • between wealthy & poorer communities and countries
  • in communication & care across the primary / secondary/ tertiary care
  • in communication & education provided for people with asthma, (quality of asthma care plans)
  • in asthma knowledge & asthma awareness between health care providers
  • in prioritization between asthma & other long-term conditions
  • between prescribing inhalers & monitoring adherence & ability to use them
  • between the general publicโ€™s (non-asthmatics) & health care professionalsโ€™ understanding that asthma is a chronic (not acute) disease
  • between scientific evidence & actual delivery of care for people with asthma

Note[4] ~ Closing Gaps in Asthma Care, World Asthma Day 2022. Available from https://ginasthma.org/closing-gaps-in-asthma-care-world-asthma-day-2022/. Last accessed, May 12 2022

Dr Sri Wahyu has recommended that each of us to take The Reliever Reliance Test via ๐ŸŒ https://asthmamalaysia.org/#take-survey

  • Dialogue : Making the Case for Asthma to be Recognized as Key NCD Priority in Malaysia , by the Moderator, Prof. Datoโ€™ Dr. Hj Abdul Razak Abdul Muttalif, Former Head of Service, Senior Consultant Respiratory Physician & Professor in MAHSA University. The panelists are Dr. Sri Wahyu Taher, President of Malaysia Family Medicine Specialists Association, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Pang Yong Kek, President of Malaysia Thoracic Society, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Ernest Poh, Consultant Respiratory Physician, UMMC & Dina Nadzir, Radio presenter, Asthma Patient Representative

  • Relaunching of Asthma Malaysia Website , by Dr. Helmy HajaMydin , Co-founder Asthma Malaysia, Prof. Dr.Roslina, Chairman of Lung Foundation Malaysia, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Pang Yong Kek, President of Malaysia Thoracic Society & YB Khairy Jamaluddin, Minister of Health Malaysia
  • The Pledge to Improve Asthma Care in Malaysia

Witnessed by YB Khairy, this conference was ended with the pledge signing by multi-stakeholders (Listed below) to express their joint commitment in improving asthma care in Malaysia, bravo all

We, the undersigned pledge to work together to make asthma as part of the key non-communicable diseases (NCDs) priority area in Malaysia by 2025

Towards this end, we are committed to implementing and supporting the following:

  1. Pushing for a dedicated National Strategic Action Plan for Asthma
  2. Reducing asthma-related deaths by 50%
  3. Increasing access to spirometry services to improve asthma diagnosis in the primary care
  4. Enabling greater healthcare resources to allow early & equitable access to treatment for patients across all asthma severities
  5. Increasing awareness & understanding among public on asthma especially in school & work setting

Together, we champion the cause for Asthma in Malaysia

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This pledge was signed by,

  • Dr HelmyHajaMydin, Co-Founder of Asthma Malaysia
  • Associate Professor Dr Pang Yong Kek, President of the Malaysian Thoracic Society (MTS)
  • Dr Sri WahyuTaher, President of the Malaysian Family Medicine Specialistsโ€™ Association (FMSA)
  • Dr ThirunavukarasuRajoo, Honorary General Secretary of the Malaysian Medical Association (MMA)
  • Andrew Tan, Deputy President of Malaysian Pharmacists Society
  • Professor Dr Roslina Abdul Manap, Chairman of the Lung Foundation of Malaysia
  • Dr Sanjeev Panchal, Country President of AstraZeneca Malaysia
  • Dr MayureshFegade, Chief Scientific Officer of Novartis Malaysia

SiennyLovesDrawing has captured the highlights from her media attendance at this conference & then posted on her TikTok account

You may check out the full FB live captured from this conference via ๐ŸŒ https://www.facebook.com/siennyyong/posts/1759476034227384 & via ๐ŸŒ https://www.facebook.com/siennyyong/posts/1759534667554854

Website ๐ŸŒ: https://asthmamalaysia.org/

#AsthmaMalaysia #AsthmaWorldDay2022 #Asthma #stayhealthy #health

12 thoughts on “World Asthma Day 2022 “Closing Gaps in Asthma Care”

  1. So far, we are lucky that none in our family has asthma! There’s so much care needed for people who has this sickness and I think I can’t bear seeing a loved one suffering. Thanks Sienny for sharing this awareness!

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  2. So important! I have many friends with asthma and it is so underestimated! people don’t understand how serious this is. and the worst part is people can actually develop it at any moment. We need more conferences like that! my father-in-law has it, and it started when he was about 50 years of age.

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    1. Hope your father in law asthma condition is under control, totally agreeing with you, asthma awareness needs to continue on as many of us do underestimate its harm ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿป๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿป๐Ÿค—๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป

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    1. Absolutely right, a good awareness by Asthma Malaysia, high 5 , I also learn a lot more about asthma from the conference & while writing this blog post too. My pleasure to share as always โ˜บ๏ธ๐Ÿค—๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿป๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป

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    1. Yeahโ€ผ๏ธ To be successful in achieving, it’s all parties to work together greatly, no alone game ๐ŸŽฏ for sure , just like myself, I’m contributing by sharing awareness & efforts in place for asthma care ๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’—๐Ÿค—๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿป๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿป

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