JIPMER to set up Centre of excellence to treat lung diseases

Puducherry: JIPMER,an autonomous institution in the Central sector here, Tuesday said it plans to soon set up a Centre of Excellence to deal with lung diseases prevalent among all sections of society, including young children.

Addressing reporters on 'World Asthma Day' today, Dr T S Ravikumar said respiratory illness arising out of smoking habits and air pollution had been found to be prevailing in high proportions

"Diseases of the lung is a major public health issue that requires urgent attention and allocation of funds,"he said and announced JIPMER`s decision to set up the centre

World Asthma Day is observed on the first Tuesday of May every year.

Dr Ravikumar said Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research (JIPMER) had been initiating steps to implement health promotion projects as part of its 'golden jubilee high impact programmes. Already infrastructure was being readied for the proposed centre. The new facility would diagnose and treat lung ailments among newborns and also geriatric patients, he said.

He said around 1,700 new patients with lung diseases turn up for treatment every year and there were also patients who come for follow up care.

On the occasion, JIPMER rolled out a childhood asthma clinic to treat young children suffering from lung diseases. The clinic would specifically provide services to children with complaints of asthma.