IJEOMA CYNTHIA UDUJI BRONCHIAL ASTHMA FOUNDATION (ICUBA)
Ijeoma Cynthia Uduji was posted to Jigawa state for her National Youth Service Corp where she participated in the orientation of 2012. She was later re-deployed to Ibadan.
At Ibadan, she had shortness of breath. According to the information obtained, she was taken to Group Medical Hospital @ Mokola, Ibadan by some friends. The hospital was said to have no oxygen equipment to supply oxygen which she required at that moment. Her vein could not be detected in order to give her the intravenous injections (Aminophyline and Hydrocortisol) which she also required at that point, so the mode in which the injections were supposedly given is uncertain, as the hospital refused to disclose any information on the issue.
Though, it was observed after finally visiting the hospital on 10th Dec,2012, they had maintained a scanty medical record, no aminophylline was recorded,no breathing treatment.
After the injections were given, she experienced no relief rather, her condition worsened and she was referred to the University College Hospital(UCH) Ibadan, but she didnt get there alive, as she was confirmed dead on arrival at the hospital on 30th of October, 2012.
Ijeoma Cynthia Uduji Memorial foundation is a non profit organisation with the following mission:
To forestall the re-occurrence of such incident that happened to Ijeoma Cynthia Uduji as a result of negligence on the part of the hospital by: Provision of adequate medical facilities for those with bronchial asthma conditions.
Ijeoma Uduji Foundation driving goal is to educate, encourage and give help to children and young adults with bronchial asthma, and teach them four qualities that exemplified; service, kindness, humility and good health. This is the quality of Ijeoma.
The Foundation will support kids and children that are in serious difficulties, especially when it comes to their health.
Bronchial Asthma: Ever hear the term "bronchial asthma" and wonder what it means? When people talk about bronchial asthma, they are really talking about asthma, a chronic inflammatory disease of the airways that causes periodic "attacks" of coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath, and chest tightness.
Bronchial Asthma Triggers
Bronchial asthma triggers may include:
- Smoking and secondhand smoke
- Infections such as colds, flu, or pneumonia
- Allergens such as food, pollen, mold, dust mites, and pet dander
- Air pollution and toxins
- Weather, especially extreme changes in temperature
- Drugs (such as aspirin, NSAID, and beta-blockers)
- Food additives (such as MSG)
- Emotional stress and anxiety
- Singing, laughing, or crying
- Perfumes and fragrances
- Acid reflux
Signs and Symptoms of Bronchial Asthma
With bronchial asthma, you may have one or more of the following signs and symptoms:
- Shortness of breath
- Tightness of chest
- Excessive coughing or a cough that keeps you awake at night.
Treating Bronchial Asthma
Once diagnosed, your health care provider will recommend asthma medication (which can include asthma inhalers and pills) and lifestyle changes to treat and prevent asthma attacks. For example, long-acting anti-inflammatory asthma inhalers are often necessary to treat the inflammation associated with asthma. These inhalers deliver low doses of steroids to the lungs with minimal side effects if used properly. The fast-acting or "rescue" bronchodilator inhaler works immediately on opening airways during an asthma attack.
If you have bronchial asthma, make sure your health care provider shows you how to use the inhalers properly. Be sure to keep your rescue inhaler with you in case of an asthma attack or asthma emergency. While there is no asthma cure yet, there are excellent asthma medications that can help with preventing asthma symptoms. Asthma support groups are also available to help you better cope with your asthma.