Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is a chronic inflammatory lung disease that leads to airway obstruction and breathing difficulties, impacting millions of individuals globally and ranking among the leading causes of morbidity and mortality. However, recognizing the importance of early intervention and detection, LAUMC-Saint John Hospital in Jounieh recently organized a groundbreaking awareness day for COPD.
Led by Dr. Jocelyne Sassine, a specialist in pulmonary diseases, the event aimed to educate the public on COPD’s effects and raise awareness of this debilitating condition. The hospital opened its doors to not only community members but also students from various local schools who were interested in learning about COPD and its prevention.
One of the highlights of the event was the provision of free pulmonary tests to all participants. Experienced professionals from the medical center conducted spirometry tests, a simple and non-invasive procedure that measures lung function. These tests aid in diagnosing and monitoring the progression of COPD.
Additionally, an informative and engaging presentation highlighted the detrimental effects of smoking. Participants had an opportunity to witness the repercussions of smoking firsthand, providing a powerful incentive to never smoke or to quit if they already did. To further educate and entertain attendees, an entertaining yet educational quiz on COPD and nicotine addiction was offered, providing crucial information about risk factors and the importance of smoking cessation.
The event also focused on the evaluation of nicotine addiction and discussed effective intervention possibilities. Experts were on hand to engage in discussions with participants about various methods and strategies to quit smoking successfully.
Sally al-Rabbaa, CEO of LAUMC-SJH, emphasized that by organizing events like the COPD awareness day, the hospital remains committed to raising awareness and enhancing the quality of life for individuals affected by chronic diseases.
Through proactive initiatives like these, medical institutions worldwide can continue shaping a healthier future by empowering communities with knowledge about preventive measures, early detection, and effective treatment options for chronic respiratory conditions.
What is COPD?
COPD stands for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. It is a chronic inflammatory lung disease that causes an obstruction in the airways, leading to breathing difficulties.
How common is COPD?
COPD affects millions of individuals worldwide and is one of the leading causes of morbidity and mortality.
What is spirometry?
Spirometry is a simple and non-invasive test that measures lung function. It helps in diagnosing and monitoring the progression of COPD.
Why is smoking cessation important?
Smoking cessation is crucial because smoking is a major risk factor for developing COPD and many other health conditions. Quitting smoking can significantly improve lung health and overall well-being.