Meeting to Address Asthma Concerns in Southeast New Mexico

HOBBS, N.M. (AP) - State health officials will be in Hobbs this week to meet with residents and health care providers to discuss concerns about asthma in southeastern New Mexico.

Two meetings are planned for Thursday, one for residents and the other for health care providers. Health Secretary Alfredo Vigil will participate in both meetings.

Vigil says there are only small variations in the prevalence of asthma, but rates of hospitalization, emergency room admissions and deaths due to asthma are higher in the southeastern part of the state.

Vigil says the goal of the meetings is for state health officials to learn everything they can so they can work to improve the quality of life for those people living with asthma.