Bengaluru: This World Asthma Day, AstraZeneca partnered with Bengaluru Traffic Police to increase awareness on asthma and educate traffic personnel on ways to keep their lungs healthy amidst growing levels of pollution in the city. One in four traffic policemen has reported that they have experienced respiratory problems, making this an issue of great concern amongst this population group.
AstraZeneca distributed over 500 anti-pollution masks to traffic control officers with the aim to reduce their risk of asthma and other chronic respiratory conditions.
Asthma is a chronic lung disease that inflames and narrows the airways in the lungs. Symptoms include coughing, shortness of breath and chest tightness. The biggest triggers include outdoor allergens, irritants in the air such as smoke, chemical fumes and strong odors, pollen from grass, trees and weeds.
Dr Anilda Dsouza, Head – Medical Affairs, AstraZeneca Pharma India Limited said, “This World Asthma Day, AstraZeneca would like to recognize and appreciate the efforts of the Bengaluru traffic department by supporting the health needs of our city’s unsung fighters. Asthma is a major cause of chronic morbidity and early interventions can help in better outcomes.”