Educators in the British Virgin Islands will soon be able to assist students who suffer asthma attacks while at school.
This is the aim of the ‘A Breath of Fresh Air: helping teachers deal with students with asthma’ training workshop for both public and private schools.
The elective training sessions will be held on February 14 at the Ward Building’s Student Services Conference Room at 9 am and 1 pm.
A Government-commissioned release quoted Gracia Wheatley-Smith, Chief of Drugs and Pharmaceuticals, outlining a number of benefits to the workshop.
She said teachers will become familiarized with the symptoms of chronic lung disease, they would be able to identify some of the common triggers and utilize an asthma plan.
Upon completion, the teachers will also know how to administer an inhaler to asthmatic students. They will further be trained to use and administer other instruments such as the peak flow meter and the spacer, Wheatley-Smith added.
The Chief of Drugs and Pharmaceuticals also explained that before professional help arrives to assist the patient, successful administration is crucial.
The training workshop is a collaboration between the Ministries of Health and Social Development, Education and the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States Pharmaceutical Procurement Service. Teachers interested in being part of the training can register at the Ministry of Education.
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