17 November marks World Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Day

By Zintle Tsheme

The World Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Day is organised by the Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease (GOLD). Its aim is to raise awareness, share knowledge and find ways to reduce its burden worldwide. It IS Celebrated with an Orange Ribbon.

The theme this year is “Healthy Lungs- Never More Important”.​ It focuses on the time of the pandemic, living with it and adapting to the new normal, while living with COPD.

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease shortly known as COPD is a chronic and progressive disease. It is a group of lung diseases that block the airflow and result in difficulty breathing. Symptoms would include shortness of breath, wheezing or chronic cough. It mostly affects woman above the age of 40, is not curable but its symptoms can be slowed down.

Lung health is important, therefore people must prioritize their health by avoiding cigarettes, air pollution and should stay active always. One must receive all the important vaccines and take medication correctly. Eat Healthy, and avoid infections.

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