10pc child population of Pakistan living with asthma


KARACHI: Around five percent of adults of total population and 10 percent of total child population suffer from asthma in Pakistan; this was stated by Prof Dr Nadeem Ahmed Rizvi on Tuesday.

Prof Nadeem Rizvi, who is also Head of Chest Department, Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Center, while talking to media persons, said around 15 percent population of Pakistan suffers from asthma, who include 10 percent children. He said children are more vulnerable of this hereditary disease due to their weak immune system.

He said asthma is one of the most common chronic diseases in the world and it is characterized by recurrent breathing problems and symptoms such as breathlessness, wheezing, chest tightness, and coughing. He said family history of asthma as well as environmental factors is some major reason behind the spread of asthma cases.

He said there are lots of misconceptions regarding the use of inhalers. He said misconceptions about the use of inhalers are the major reasons for poor asthma control in Pakistan, while other countries are properly managing the asthma disease through the usage of inhaler. He said family and the relatives of many patients also play a very negative role regarding the use of inhalers which are the best way to take medicine.

He said inhalers are the first line of treatment and are the safest way of delivering medicine to the lungs, but unfortunately many asthma patients have serious reservations over use of inhaler and they avoid regular use of medications through inhalers.

He explained that asthma is a disease like diabetes and blood-pressure which was not transmitted from infected person to others. He said generally children are the most vulnerable of this disease due to their weak immune system. He advised the people to avoid smoking cigarette and Sheesha in front of children and pregnant women.

Dr Rizvi warned the people, who are living with asthma disease, that smoke, dust, mud, some fragrances and smells can trigger asthma; therefore, they should take preventive measures in this regard. He said proper diet with regular inhaler use can reduce the risk of asthma.