10% of children have asthma

Bronchial asthma targets about 10 percent of children and about five to 10 percent of adults in Pakistan, said Prof. Dr Muhammad Iqbal Choudhry of the International Centre for Chemical and Biological Sciences, Karachi university, during a lecture on Wednesday.

He said that the Global Initiative for Asthma shows that more than 150 million people in the world suffer from this syndrome and it is equally prevalent in school-going children. Last year, the death toll of asthma patients reached 260,000.