Anti-pollution masks for traffic cops to mark World Asthma Day

Anti-pollution masks for traffic cops to mark World Asthma Day

Over 500 anti-pollution masks were distributed to traffic policemen in the city by a pharma company on the eve of World Asthma Day.

The day is observed around the world every year on May 1.

AstraZeneca partnered with the Bengaluru traffic police to increase the awareness about the disease and to educate the personnel on the ways to keep their lungs healthy amid growing levels of pollution.

According to reports, one in four traffic policemen has reported having experienced respiratory problems, making this an issue of great concern.

The policemen were advised to clean their masks regularly, wear it continuously when on duty, avoid smoke from heavy vehicles and to exercise regularly.

Asthma is a chronic lung disease that inflames and narrows the airways. Symptoms include coughing, shortness of breath and chest tightness. There are many triggers that aggravate the disease, such as outdoor allergens, irritants in the air like smoke, chemical fumes and strong odours, pollen from grass, trees and weeds.

Over 300 million people of all ages worldwide are affected by asthma and this will likely to increase to 400 million by 2025.

The disease can lead to an increase in mortality rate in mild and severe cases.

Many people who suffer from asthma do not achieve good control the disease affecting their daily activities. There is no cure for the disease. However, there are treatments to ease the symptoms and reduce the inflammation.

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