Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease will become the third leading cause of death worldwide by 2030 - World Health Organisation (WHO)
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a serious lung disease, affecting millions of people worldwide. The disease is primarily caused due to tobacco smoke and affects both men and women equally. COPD cases are increasing every year, especially in high-income countries where people are very much addicted to smoking. Millions of people globally die due to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
World Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Day is an annual event organised by the Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease. It aims at spreading awareness of COPD around the world so that lives of million people can be saved.
World Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Day is celebrated to make the people understand about the serious consequences of the disease which leads to persistent blockage of airflow from lungs. COPD is irreversible and a life-threatening lung disease, which interferes the normal breathing.
World Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Day celebration is an effort to boost information on COPD worldwide. The annual event emphasis to work on the key risk factors of COPD such as tobacco, smoking, indoor and outdoor air pollution and exposure to chemicals, so that disease can be prevented.
Activities held on World Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Day
• Educational evenings for COPD patients and the general public
• Talk show radio programs on dealing with COPD
• Openings for COPD education or health clinics
• Outpatient education sessions on quitting smoking
• Free pulmonary function tests
• Bus tours that local physicians organize to bring COPD education and management in remote areas
• COPD Care Days involving scheduled appointments and counseling sessions
urges to quit smoking or consuming tobacco in any form.