Hyderabad: About 300 million people suffer from asthma globally. It also causes about 250000 deaths annually. According to the World Health Organization the number of asthmatic patients is expected to increase to 400 million by 2025. This was stated by Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare Ghulam Nabi Azad here on Thursday.Addressing the inaugural programme of the World Allergy Organization International Scientific Conference at International Convention Centre, Hyderabad, Azad said that 400 million people suffer from rhi-ni-tis, 200 to 250 million people suffer from food allergies and one tenth of the population suffers from drug allergies. Allergic diseases include life-threatening conditions like ana-phy-laxis, food allergies, certain forms of asthma, rhi-ni-tis, angio-edema, skin allergies, eo-sino-philic disorders, including eo-sino-philiceso-pha-gitis, and drug and insect allergies.
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