According to the World Health Organisation (WHO) there are close to 300 million people suffering from asthma across the globe. It is also one of the most common non-communicable diseases among children and remains highly un-diagnosed and un-treated.
“Asthma is a major non-communicable disease characterized by recurrent attacks of breathlessness and wheezing, which vary in severity and frequency from person to person. Symptoms may occur several times in a day or week in affected individuals, and for some people become worse during physical activity or at night,” World Health Organisation.
Every year the first Tuesday of May marks the commemoration of the World Asthma Day that is organized and observed by the Global Initiative for Asthma (GINA). This year the event falls on the 5th of this month with the central theme being, “You Can Control Your Asthma”.
During last few years, asthma has taken the shape of an epidemic in Pakistan where nearly two million patients have already been suffering from the disease of which 20 to 30 per cent are children while the number has been having an estimated increase of five per cent annually.