Pune: 'Right to Breathe’, a two-day campaign focused on creating awareness about Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) received a good response in the city. The campaign ended on Sunday.
Speaking about the campaign, Dr Ajit Kulkarni, Pulmonologist at Sahyadri Multispecialty Hospital, Deccan said that burning of garbage has substantially increased pollution level, which has given rise to COPD.
“Apart from this, the dust emitted from pigeons’ wings and faeces increases the chances of asthma and diseases like Hypersensitive Pneumonitis (HP). There is no treatment available for this disease. Considering these implications, it is necessary for us to try and make the air clean. The purpose of ‘Right to Breathe' campaign is to make people aware about diseases that can occur from breathing polluted air,” said Dr Kulkarni.
Dr Parag Khatavkar, senior consultant, Pulmonologist, KEM Hospital, Pune said that in urban settings, it is poor ventilation, dust, mites, pollens and other trapped irritants that make the air quality extremely unhealthy for breathing.
“Children, pregnant women, elderly and people with respiratory condition suffer most due to it. The good air quality inside can be maintained to certain extent by proper ventilation, planting indoor plants, using air purifiers and other dust control methods,” said Dr Khatavkar.
The campaign includes COPD evaluation, breath analyser test and spirometry. The campaign took place across various locations including Deccan bus stand, PCM Bhavan Bus Stand, Central Mall at Karve Road, Vanaz Corner, Paud Road, Durga Café, Paud Road, Mandai, Shankar Maharaj Math, Satara Road, Market Yard, Dr Mahajan Hospital, Dhankawadi, Gadi Tal, Hadapsar, Shastri Nagar, Yerawada, Aundh Smart City Road, Pune Railway Station, MG Road, Camp, Sinhagad Road and Warje.