“Unplanned development of cities, lack of infrastructure, changing lifestyle and increasing pollution have increased the incidence of asthma in India, observes respiratory medicine and pulmonology experts. It is vital for the government to ensure dedicated units in primary health centres (PHCs) and government hospitals to provide the first line care for wheezing patients who are not just from urban but rural areas too. As per a recent study released by Breathe Blue’15, about 35 per cent school-going children fared badly in Lung Health Screening Test (LHST), indicating poor air quality across India. A worrisome 21 per cent of the children surveyed in Delhi fared ‘Poor’ in the LHST conducted on them followed by 14 per cent in Bengaluru, 13 per cent in Mumbai and 9 per cent in Kolkata. …India has an estimated 15-20 million asthmatics, according to World Health Organisation.” Pharmabiz.com. Read it on delhiair.org.