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The health ministry has started working on setting up a nationwide emergency system to prevent fatalities due to asthma, ministry sources said Saturday.

Because it is necessary to treat someone suffering an asthma attack according to their symptoms or with emergency medical care, the Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry plans to compile medical guidelines so it can familiarize doctors who are not asthma specialists, patients and their families with proper responses and treatments.

It will establish cooperative systems between emergency medical facilities and ordinary clinics to improve initial responses to asthma attacks, the sources said.

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