Awareness programme marks World Asthma Day
ALIGARH May 1: To mark the World Asthma Day, an awareness programme was held at the Department of Tuberculosis and Respiratory Medicine, Aligarh Muslim University. Speaking on the occasion, Prof Mohammad Shameem, Chairperson, said that it is an annual event organized by the Global Initiative for Asthma (GINA) to improve awareness and care for asthma around the world.
Prof Shameem pointed out that inhalation therapy is the mainstay in treatment of asthma today as the inhaled medicines reached directly to lungs and hence acted faster even at a lower dose, reducing the risk of side effects. He said that inhaled medications have helped in improving the disease status and control symptoms, reducing the number and severity of exacerbations and improving the quality of patients? life.
Highlighting the prevalence rate of asthma, Prof Shamem claimed that asthma estimated to range 3-38% in children and 2-12% in adults, being the commonest chronic disorder among children. He said that as per the Asia-Pacific Asthma Insights Management (AP-AIM) Survey, asthma patients in India are either uncontrolled or partly controlled, poor inhaler techniques being a key reason for this condition.
Expressing his views, Dr Rakesh Bhargava, a senior consultant in the department, stressed that the main challenge in managing asthma was to improve compliance and develop effective and easy-to-use inhalers.
Prof Zuber Ahmad said that many patients frequently underutilised their medications or used inhalers incorrectly, which proved detrimental to maintaining disease control. This situation would lead patients to switch to oral therapy which is disastrous in case of acute asthma.
Dr Ummul Baneen, Dr Imrana Masood, Dr Rubeena Rathi, Dr Arif were also present.
A quiz competition was also organised to increase awareness among medical students.
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