Under its ‘Healthy Lung Initiative’ AstraZeneca equips city Traffic Police to fight asthma

Bengaluru, April 30, 2018: 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 have reported that they have experienced respiratory problems, making this an issue of great concern amongst this population group.[1]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 achronic lung disease that inflames and narrows the airways in the lungs. Symptomsinclude coughing, shortness of breath and chest tightness. The biggest triggersinclude outdoor allergens, irritants in the air such as smoke, chemical fumesand strong odors, pollen from grass, trees and weeds. 

Dr.Anilda Dsouza, Head – Medical Affairs, AstraZeneca Pharma India Limited said, “This World Asthma Day, AstraZenecawould like to recognize and appreciate the efforts of the Bengaluru trafficdepartment by supporting the health needs of our city’s unsung fighters. Asthmais a major cause of chronic morbidity and early interventions can help inbetter outcomes.”  

AstraZeneca’sasthma education and awareness session was conducted by Dr. PadmaSundaram, Consultant Pulmonologist, Manipal Hospital, Bangalore. The day-longprogramme was held at the Bengaluru City Traffic PoliceHeadquarters at Infantry Road and saw participation in large numbers bycity traffic policemen.

 AstraZeneca’srespiratory team will follow this up by providing “Simple healthy breathingcards” with tips on how to manage city pollution and ensure lung health. Also,these will be distributed to traffic policemen across the country during themonth of May (Asthma Awareness Month). 

The programwas conducted by AstraZeneca Pharma India Limited under the “Healthy Lung” initiative,a program designed to increase asthma awareness and the need for more urgentand early action against the disease. The initiative urges policymakers andother stakeholders in the health system to support measures that canimprove asthma diagnosis, ensure referral to specialists as needed, and expandaccess to newer treatment for better patient outcomes.

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