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World Asthma Day 2017

06 May 2017

Aster CMI Hospital, Bangalore on the occasion of World Asthma day on 2nd May in collaboration with IMA, Yelahanka had organised a walkathon on 6th May 2017.This is an initiative by our Pulmonologists Dr. Sunil Kumar K, Dr. Srivatsa Lokeshwaran and Dr.Amrut Sindhu from the Department of Pulmonology, Aster CMI Bangalore. The event was organized to raise awareness of the public about Asthma and how it can be best managed. Asthma is a common disease that affects all ages and causes substantial burden on the patient, their family and the community. As per WHO estimates 15 to 20 million people in India suffer from Asthma which is greater than the burden of tuberculosis and HIV combined. One in every 10 children between the age of 5 to 11 years is an asthmatic in India. Asthma is a controllable disease and 80 percent of the asthma deaths can be prevented just by patient education and being on the right form of preventive treatment strategies. It’s is estimated that there will be another 100 million asthmatics in the world by 2025 due to the growing concerns of air pollution.

This year’s World Asthma Day Theme "Asthma: Better Air, Better breathing" implies that we must as responsible individuals collectively work together to make all attempts to keep our air clean and healthy so that we can bring down the burden of this killer disease. About Two thirds of our Asthmatics complain that their symptoms worsen with poor air quality and predispose them to an attack. Various gases in the air like ozone, nitrogen dioxide and sulphur dioxide and particulate matter emitted from vehicle combustion are notorious to trigger an attack. With our traffic vows building we must take healthy steps to keep the air in our city clean and reduce suffering of susceptible individuals. Asthmatics can be hale and healthy just by following a regular medication schedule as prescribed by their pulmonologist and avoiding specific triggers. As a part of the initiative the department is also trying to educate them on identification of the symptoms early, preparedness and management of an attack which can occur anywhere and anytime.