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COPD and asthma on the rise

Update: December, 18/2015 - 17:08
A health worker examines for a patient in Bach Mai General Hospital during a event to celebrate the World COPD Day 2015. — VNA/VNS Photo Duong Ngoc

HA NOI (VNS) — Despite numerous efforts in diagnoses and treatment, chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases (COPD), along with asthma and resultant fatalities are on the rise in the world and Viet Nam.

Primary studies in Viet Nam in 2009 showed that 4.2 per cent of the country's population suffered from COPD while the asthma rate was about 4.1 per cent, participants heard at a workshop today in Ha Noi. More than seven per cent of men suffered from COPD, compared to 1.9 per cent women.

Experts said that middle-aged smokers, people who come in 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 breathing tests and treatment.

Viet Nam launched a COPD and asthma prevention project under the National Target Programme in 2011.

The programme developed a COPD and asthma management network with 90 offices located in general hospitals, and TB and lung hospitals, in 45 provinces and cities nationwide.

It also helped to improve diagnoses and treatment ability and the community's awareness towards COPD and asthma prevention.

Between 2011 and 2015, the project has trained more than 1,100 doctors and health workers, provided health checks and treatment for thousands of patient visits. During the World COPD days, the project provided check-ups and consultations for more than 150,000 patients, detected 6,500 COPD cases and more than 5,200 asthma 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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