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(Ireland) "One in 5 children in Ireland suffers from asthma"; schools need to be "asthma friendly"

April 6, 2018, (Ireland) Dublin People: School praised for asthma initiative http://www.dublinpeople.com/news/northsideeast/articles/2018/04/06/4154154-school-praised-for-asthma-initiative/ A NORTHSIDE school has been praised for embracing an asthma-friendly initiative. An Asthma Information Evening was held recently at St Brigid’s Girls’ National School, Killester, where it was announced they got a bronze award for becoming the first asthma-friendly school in Dublin. Asthma nurse specialist Pam Quinn addressed a full house of parents, teachers and pupils from the school. Ms Quinn highlighted how big an issue asthma is in Ireland and how Irish people are predisposed to the condition due to environmental and genetic factors and how there is one death per week due to asthma. She said the key to addressing this is education and awareness programmes in prevention, proper management of symptoms and knowing how to support someone having an asthma attack. Ms Quinn explained how one in five children in Ireland suffer from asthma, some diagnosed, some not. She highlighted the need for more schools like St Brigid’s to become asthma-friendly by using a collaborate approach between school and home in managing a child’s symptoms. …