“ I am the JOSH!!! for Asthmatics ”is the clarion call by Karnataka Pulmonologists Association (KPA) for asthmatics on this World Asthma Day
According to WHO estimates 235 million people suffer from asthma.Asthma is the most common chronic disease among children.Asthma is under-diagnosed and under-treated, creating a substantial burden to individuals and families and possibly restricting individuals’ activities for a lifetime. Over 80% of asthma deaths occurs in low and lower-middle income countries.A considerable number of asthmatics are under fear of addiction to inhaler usage. Failure to use appropriate medications or to adhere to treatment can lead to death from a possible asthma attack. According to the latest WHO estimates, there are 3, 46, 000 deaths due to asthma worldwide every year. In addition, asthma causes significant economic impact in terms of both direct (hospital admissions, physician visits and medications) and indirect costs (productivity loss and premature death). Exacerbations are major determinants of the direct cost of asthma, and preventing exacerbations should be an important consideration in asthma management.It causes 3 in 5 people living with asthma to limit their physical activity or miss days at work. Global burden of disease study estimates that 13.8 million Disability adjusted life years (DALY’s) are lost annually to asthma.The good news is that, you can control asthma by taking the right medicine and avoiding triggers that cause an asthma attack.Appropriate management of asthma can enable people to enjoy a good quality of life.
On this occasion, Dr. Sathish KS, President, Karnataka Pulmonology Association said, “ Unlike other chronic conditions such as hypertension and diabetes, there is minimum compromise and virtually no restriction on diet and lifestyle for an asthma patient. Asthma is a silent condition and therefore even if there are no symptoms like wheezing, coughing or breathing trouble, regular use of Controllers is mandatory. Controllers are medicines available in inhalers and when used regularly over a long period of time, they help control asthma better. Controller drugs improve symptoms, prevent attacks and help one lead a good quality of life. However, in case there is an attack, inhalation therapy is available which provides great relief and controlled if consumed as prescribed.”
World Asthma Day celebrated on May 7, 2019 and throughout the month of May, every year to create awareness regarding the nature of the disease and treatment available. STOP for asthma is this year’s theme. STOP means Symptom evaluation, Test response, Observe and assess, Proceed to adjust treatment. The first world asthma day was celebrated in 1998. Karnataka Pulmonologists association (KPA) is a federation of Pulmonologists in the Karnataka state and we have envisioned that, when people with asthma and healthcare professionals dedicated to asthma control join together, can contribute to an effective awareness asthma program. Thus improve the lives of all people with asthma.
In this regard we appeal to organize an asthma awareness event ‘ASTHMA-THON’ on 26th of May, the last Sunday of this month. This event includes 5K/10K (Run) and 3K (Walk) where all the general public, asthmatics and their care takers can come along with KPA in Bangalore. Details of the event will be informed shortly via press and social media. KPA urges all to act in union for the awareness on asthma among the masses: Be the JOSH for this World Asthma Day.
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