Pune: Maha govt signs MoU with Chest Research Foundation to start centres for COPD, asthma

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) has remained under suspected, undiagnosed, underreported and untreated disease in India. In its bid to correct this present situation the state government has signed MOU with Pune’s Chest Research Foundation

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Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is a progressive and irreversible disease of the lungs which makes it difficult to breathe. More than 55 million people are suffering from it in India.

But there are hardly a few people, who are aware of this respiratory condition. The lacunae in healthcare services are making it an underreported and undertreated disease.

Soon, a dedicated centre for treating COPD and asthma will be established in government medical colleges in Maharashtra.

These clinics would be established in medical colleges at Gondia, Chandrapur and Yavatmal.

“Currently there is no dedicated treatment available at government hospitals to treat COPD and asthma cases. In many cases, symptoms are diagnosed but necessary treatment is not given. The aim is to strengthen the preexisting infrastructure,” said Dr Sandeep Salvi, senior pulmonologist and Director at Chest Research Foundation.

Officials said that the model would then be replicated in other medical colleges.

Rakesh Waghmare, Officer of Special Duty (OSD) at Ministry of Education and Drug Science, and coordinator for the project said, “This MoU is on a non-commercial basis to strengthen the preexisting government infrastructure.”

COPD is a progressive, irreversible inflammatory disease of the lungs that makes it hard to breathe. A chronic cough, wheezing, production of phlegm, shortness of breath, and a feeling of tightness in the chest are the common symptoms of this condition.

Dr Waghmare informed, “We are also talking with other medical colleges in Pune. We would be holding workshops in these medical colleges and will train faculty on how to detect lung-related diseases. Also, the necessary equipments have been distributed to the medical colleges,” said Salvi.