Tuesday, November 15, 2011

World COPD Day


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                                                                                                           Date – 15/11/2011
World COPD Day 2011:  – Opportunity for interview



 Ahmedabad Medical Association and Cipla Respiratory are organizers of World COPD Day, an annual global event that aims to raise awareness of COPD, or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, the world’s fourth-leading killer.

World COPD Day 2011 is taking place on November 16 around the theme "Are you short of breath? You may have COPD! Ask your doctor about a simple breathing test called Spirometry."
This positive message raises awareness of spirometry as the gold standard for diagnosis of COPD, and emphasizes the actions a person can take to safeguard his or her lung health. Here we have targeted the Sabarmati Jail Inmates who are suffering from the respiratory disease but still they haven’t got any chance to tell the medical practitioners that “Yes We are short of breathe and have a chronic respiratory problem”

According to the World Health Organization, COPD afflicts some 50 million people around the world, and kills nearly 3 million every year. Looking to the trend of the copd patients in ahmedabad is round about 85000 individuals suffering from Smoking(Cigarette, Chulla and hukka), Occupational hazards (Industrial and pollution). And additional 10000 patients are adding every year. In addition, COPD is greatly under-diagnosed, with recent studies indicating that 25% to 50% of people with clinically significant COPD don’t know they have the disease. However, a simple, painless test, called spirometry, can determine whether or not a person has COPD—even before they develop troublesome symptoms.

I believe audience will want to hear more about COPD and the quick, easy test that can diagnose it; though little-known, this life-threatening disease probably affects someone they know. To help you bring this story alive for your readers, I would like to offer you the opportunity to have a spirometry test at Sabarmati jail, tomorrow 9 am. It would also be a pleasure to tell you more about World COPD Day and our activities, the disease COPD, our organization, and the spirometry awareness campaign. A story on November 16 would also strengthen our awareness campaign.


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