By: Mahiyan Chakrabarti
On the occasion of World Lung Day, a ‘Pulmonary Health Assessment’ Camp to raise awareness on issues related to lung health, was organized by Fortis Hospital, Anandpur in association with the Press Club, Kolkata, recently. This health check-up camp witnessed the participation of over 50 media officials.
The camp started with a session by Dr. Shivaresmi Unnithan and Dr. Angshuman Mukherjee who spoke about how lung health can be maintained. After the session, the participants underwent medical tests to understand their lung health, which included Random blood sugar sampling, Pulmonary Function Test (PFT), weight check-up and blood pressure examination. The initiative was facilitated by a multi-disciplinary team of doctors and technicians of Fortis Hospital, Anandapur.
Speaking on the initiative, Dr. Sushmita Roychowdhury, Director, Pulmonology said that it is incredibly vital that advocacy of promoting better lung health and action is conducted so that the global burden of major respiratory diseases is reduced. They further stated that, in Kolkata, cases related to lung health have increased substantially in the last two years, especially due to Covid. The idea behind this initiative was to raise awareness on the preventive healthcare measures, so that screening, diagnosis and treatment of chronic lung conditions are given their due importance.
Mr Snehasis Sur, President, Press Club, Kolkata, said that presently, lung health has become more important than ever, especially after Covid. World Lung Day is an opportunity for people from different professions to increase the awareness related to lungs, as the air pollution is silently damaging this major organ of the human body. Through this initiative, he hopes that awareness about the need for early diagnosis and treatment of lung related illnesses will increase.