Name: Soltan Naqi
Course: PH 461
Justification Paper: Asthma, Sleep, and Sun-Safety
Asthma, sleep, and sun-safety are health conditions which require close attention to their causes, symptoms and prevention measures. Human health and comfort are the major concerns of healthy and productive populations and therefore creating awareness on the causes and symptoms of these conditions as well as their preventive measures is a paramount responsibility of public health officers. Asthma has been considered as a minor health issue by some people, however, under some cases, the condition can be life-threatening and its attack can interfere completely with human activities. It is also worth understanding sleep as a health condition, people should be made aware of the impacts of good sleep as well as poor sleep on human health. In addition, with increasing concerns of global warming and rising cases of sunburns, sun-safety is a topic of importance as public health officers need to create awareness in various ways of sun protection.
Asthma is known as a lifestyle health condition which cannot be cured but its symptoms can be controlled. Asthma is a health condition in which makes the airways and lungs swell and produce excess mucus causing difficulties in breathing, coughing, wheezing and on serious attacks shortness of breath. As presented in my slides people with asthma experience inflamed airways when exposed to some triggers which include allergies, cold weather, respiratory infections, air pollutions, air-borne substances, tobacco smoke among others. People with asthma condition are generally sensitive to these triggers which other people find it less bothering. The type of triggers vary from one person to another and how they react to these triggers vary. Therefore it is quite important for people having asthma to keep track of such trigger as well as symptoms to effectively control the condition,
I also presented about symptoms of Asthma. Episodes of asthma attacks can happen anytime to people having this condition which generally involves inflammation of airways for long periods. Generally symptoms can be mild or severe depending on the length of inflammation periods. Among the major symptoms I addressed include shortness of breath, wheezing, chest tightness or pains and coughing. Understanding the symptoms of asthma attacks helps people having asthma to closely manage the condition by keeping track of the triggers as well as the symptoms. Diagnosis, treatment and prevention as well as long-term control measures are essential stops of stopping asthma attacks. The major prevention measures I addressed in my slides included medication, avoiding triggers, monitoring breathing and following the prescribed asthma action plan. Asthma management plan has been found to be effective in controlling and preventing asthma.
Sleep is also another issue I addressed in my presentation. Insomnia is the health condition which describes people having some difficulty with sleeping. Although people usually devalues the necessity of sleep, sleep is critical to every aspect of human life ranging from moods, productivity to health. Major impacts of insomnia include the risk of stroke and heart disease, poor glucose metabolism and excessive weight gain. In contrast, people who have good sleep generally have improved memory, better creativity, sharpness, and attention as well as lower stress and inflammation. Therefore public health officers should spend more time and energy educating the public on the dangers of poor sleep and benefits of good sleeping in promoting a healthy nation.
Ultraviolet rays have become a major concern of public health currently with increasing exposure and threat to skin and eyes and skin cancers. People should be encouraged to enjoy the sun safely by advising them on the various ways of protecting themselves from excessive
exposure of Ultraviolet Rays. In my presentation, I discussed various ways of skin and eyes protection including the use of sunglasses, sunscreens, avoiding strong direct sunrays, wearing of protective clothing and double checking of medicines. As public health officers, these health issues requires a commitment to education and creation of awareness not only to the general public but also institutions such as schools, colleges among others. Having identified the causes, symptoms, impacts and prevention measures, we can be able to control and manage these health conditions and achieve the vision of promoting healthy people in healthy communities across the world.