OAKLAND (KCBS) – An innovative mobile clinic is getting plenty of use as asthma and other respiratory issues plague certain East Bay communities at a disproportionate rate.
According to a recently published report in the Oakland Tribune, children in Oakland are as much as four times as likely as other California children to suffer severe asthma symptoms.
“We’re close to the Port of Oakland, which has lots of diesel particulate matter coming from the ships and their diesel generators and then also all the trucks that move the freight,” explained Dwayne DeWitt, community planner for the West Oakland Environmental Indicators Project.
“Particulate matters are known to cause problems with asthma in young children especially and the elderly,” he said.
That’s why the Breathmobile continues to makes it rounds in the area, providing occasional, mobilized treatment for asthma and other respiratory issues.