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Patients receive free COPD checks and medicine

Update: November, 30/2015 - 13:00

Doctors from Bach Mai General Hospital are providing free checks, consultancy and medicine to more than 500 people at high risk of developing chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases (COPD). — Photo Thanh Hai

HA NOI (VNS) — Doctors from Bach Mai General Hospital last weekend provided free checks, consultancy and medicine to more than 500 people at high risk of developing chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases (COPD).

The humanitarian gesture was part of the hospital's COPD and asthma prevention project's activities to celebrate World COPD Day (November 18).

Observed with the theme "It's Not Too Late," World COPD Day 2015 aimed to raise the community's awareness and improve COPD care throughout the world.

A study in Viet Nam in 2009 showed that 4.2 per cent of the people suffered from the disease. More than seven per cent of men suffered from COPD, compared to 1.9 per cent women.

Doctors said middle-aged smokers, people having contact with smoke, dust and job-related chemicals or those with symptoms such as cough, chest discomfort and shortness of breath should consult doctors for breath test and treatment.

Since 2011, the COPD and asthma prevention project has provided health checks during more than 122,000 patient visits, and has detected COPD and asthma in more than 85,000 patients.

Health experts said COPD was the sixth most common disease in the world, and ranked fourth in the list of those with a high mortality rate, including coronary thrombosis, cancer and cardiovascular diseases. — VNS

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