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Warning over India childhood asthma

16 October 2012 09:32

Asthma affects 5% to 10% of children in Chandigarh, according to research

Asthma affects 5% to 10% of children in Chandigarh, according to research

People travelling to India with children who suffer from asthma may be interested to hear figures for the condition in the Indian city of Chandigarh.

Between 5 and 10% of children in the city are affected by asthma, according to a study by the Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education & Research (PGIMER). The research shows the prevalence of the condition in the area has increased, with it affecting children from all backgrounds.

The figures bring a timely reminder of the importance of pre-existing medical travel insurance for parents with asthmatic children heading to India for a holiday.

Despite the predominance of asthma in Chandigarh, Cha Professor Sunit Singhi, head of the Pediatrics Department, PGIMER, revealed there is still a lack of understanding about the condition. He claims confusion prevails among parents who sometimes confuse childhood asthma with the adult form of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). An awareness-raising event is being held for parents on Tuesday in a bid to clarify any misconceptions.