New Delhi, May 9 -- Asthma is a major health problem, not just in India but globally and it is a chronic respiratory disease which affects millions of people worldwide, including millions in India. The recent Global Burden of Disease (GBD, 1990-2019) estimated the total burden of asthma in India as 34.3 million, accounting for 13.09% of the global burden.

Also, India contributes to an alarming 42% asthma-related deaths globally. Additionally, the country ranks first in the world for disability-adjusted life years (DALYs) attributed to asthma, highlighting the substantial impact of the disease on overall health and quality of life.

In an interview with HT Lifestyle, Dr Angira Dasgupta, HOD Chest Department at BR Singh Hospital in Kolkata...