Dated: 23-05-2011
Breathing-related allergies increase in MENA region - research

Respiratory allergies are projected to increase at a rate of 70 percent in the MENA region over the next 25 years, according to recent findings from the Global Institute for Asthma (GINA), a collaboration between the US National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, US National Institutes of Health, and the World Health Organization.

The research also indicated that one in five children in the UAE suffers from Asthma, while a further 40 percent are prone to Allergic Rhinitis. This is expected to lead to a direct annual cost per capita for Asthma and allergies in the region to US$500.

The key triggers for Asthma and breathing allergies in the UAE, according to Dr. Bassam Mahboub, vice president of the Emirates Allergy & Respiratory Society (EARS) - are mould, pollen and dust mite allergens. Owing to this, Mihir Patel, CEO of Amancorp, the regional distributors for Airfree® Air Purifiers, said: “As residents of the Gulf, we suffer a   disproportionately higher rate of breathing allergies and asthma. Interestingly, UAE research suggests that age (the younger the person), sex (females more than males), ethnicity (Arabs more than other races) and education levels (the more educated) all play a part in increasing one’s vulnerability to breathing allergies.”

He therefore stressed the need to improve indoor air quality, citing that reduction in ambient fine particulate air pollution in the USA in the last 30 years has resulted in an increase in life expectancy by as much as 15 percent. “It’s clear today that  we need to invest in air purifiers to improve the general quality of our lives.”