Breath Free Yatra flagged off to create awareness towards allergy and asthma


Yatra to reach villages of Indore, Bhopal and Jabalpur divisions

Indore, 12 January 2016. Increasing pollution and smoking habits is the key reason behind the rise in number of asthma patients in the Madhya Pradesh. In a recently organised Breath Free awareness campaign 650 cases of potential asthma, allergic rhinitis and COPD were found among the 4200 people examined in 56 villages. These diseases can be treated and controlled if timely treatment is provided.

Renowned physician Dr. N.P. Mishra informed this at a press conference and flag off ceremony of next level clinic on wheels Breath Free Yatra on Tuesday. This awareness and screening Yatra will spread awareness about lung diseases among villagers in Bhopal, Indore and Jabalpur divisions.

Dr. Mishra said that the Clinic on Wheels Breath Free Bus is equipped with experienced physicians and supporting staff which provides free check up and counselling to the people. The campaign also aims to assist the rural doctors in understanding the latest developments in Asthma treatment.

The bus will move into 20 villages of Indore division till 21 January and will conduct lung tests of about 4000 villagers informing them about the disease and training them for its treatment. The bus will then move further towards the villages of Jabalpur division. During the month long campaign the bus will travel to a total of 60 villages and will screen around 12 thousand people.

Rise in patients due to pollution and smoking

Dr Mishra said that due to growing pollution and smoking habits the count is on high among lung disease patients. More threatening fact is that many of these people are not even aware of their condition. Hence, it is very necessary to inform these patients about the necessary precautions and treatments for the disease.

Quoting the World Health Organisation’s statistics, Dr. Mishra, said that around 300 million people across the world are suffering from Asthma. The irregular and improper treatment of coughing, breathing disorders and constant sneezing, with over-the-counter medicines develops the disease to its worse. Among the diseased ones, more are the people who do not start the treatment on time. The fear towards asthma and inhaler keeps them away from the much needed treatment.

To create and share public awareness towards Asthma, its symptoms and causes, a website has been created. By performing a simple registration on the website the team can be invited to respective colonies, schools, colleges, private firms for free treatment.