More often than not, asthmatic patients usually have a higher IQ than non-asthmatic patients, this is according to medical expert, Prof. Emmanuel Bamidele.

Bamidele made this known while speaking during the free screening exercise and lecture organised by the Nigeria Thoracic Society.

In his words,

"Studies have shown that asthmatics have higher IQ than the normal population out there. Some great personalities with asthma include a former president of , the world’s richest man,and various people who have won world championships in athletics"

"A person should be confident to say I have asthma" he added.

Also speaking at the event was Dr  Victor Umoh, Consultant Chest physician, University of Uyo, who said about 6 million Nigerians uffered from Asthma.

According to him,

"Asthma affects over 300 million people in the world and it usually starts from childhood and affects all age groups. In Nigeria, studies have shown that about six million  of Nigerians may be suffering from asthma and that less than a thousand  people have been diagnosed. So majority of Nigerians suffer in silence"

Asthma is a long-term lung disease that inflames and narrows the airwaves  resulting in wheezing, difficulty during breathing and coughing, and is commemorated world-wide on every first Tuesday in May.

While the Nigeria Thoracic Society is one of the societies in the fore-front of caring for  asthma patients and the theme for this year’s event was 'You can control asthma - preventing asthma death.'