10 pc children are asthmatic and their number is increasing

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Amanullah Khan

Around 10 percent of children are affected by Asthma in Pakistan and the number is increasing,’ revealed health experts in a press briefing to mark Asthma awareness campaign in Pakistan.
“Asthma is the most common chronic disease among children and the most asthma-related deaths occur in low- and lower-middle income countries
like Pakistan. In order to reduce the disease burden we need collaborative efforts aimed at creating awareness amongst people,” said Dr. Javaid A. Khan, Consultant Chest Physician at AKUH and a
prominent member of the Pakistan Chest Society while talking to the media. “Around 5 percent of adults and 10 per cent of children are affected in our country. According to World Health Organization (WHO) estimates, 235 million people worldwide suffer from asthma. It is
important to provide patients with appropriate education and skills in order to effectively manage their asthma. This is best achieved through a partnership between the patient and their health care providers,” added Dr. Javaid.
Dr. Nisar Ahmed Rao, Professor and HOD Pulmonology Ojha Institute of Chest Diseases DUHS and Vice President Pakistan Chest Society Sindh
Chapter said that not only the patients but theirfamilies face much hardship and suffering during the course of this chronic disease which takes its toll on the quality of life of the patients. However, we can reduce themental stress if we take early measures by consulting the doctor in time.
It is pertinent to mention that asthma may exert detrimental effects on numerous domains of life, including mental health and physical health, social relationships, employment & academic performance. In asthma, co-morbidities like anxiety and depression are the most common aspects of patients’ psychopathology. Its treatment on earlier stage is very essential to control these health hazards, he suggested.
“The long-term goals of asthma treatment are to achieve good symptom control, maintain normal activity levels, reduce future risk of exacerbations and treatment side effects,” he added.