World COPD Day was observed at RGU by the departments of Royal School of Nursing, Royal School of Pharmacy and Royal School of Medical and Allied Sciences. Guest speaker, Dr Jogesh Sarma, Professor and HoD, Department of Pulmonary Medicine, Gauhati Medical College and Hospital and also Nodal Officer in Medical Colleges of North East Region, RNTCP addressed the students and faculty.
Prof. Dr. Sarma had a talk on Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease – regarding the burden faced by different regions of India, its causes, signs and symptoms and prevention of COPD.
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is a common, preventable and treatable disease that is characterized by persistent respiratory symptoms sand airflow limitation that is due to airway and/ or alveolar abnormalities usually caused by significant exposure to noxious particles or gases specially smoking.
COPD affects 251 million lives globally and causes 3.15 million deaths per year accounting for 6 % of all deaths globally. It is currently the fourth leading cause of death in India. In India, COPD is currently the second cause of death in India According to a research study conducted, 1000 person per 100,000 population suffers from COPD in Assam alone.