New Delhi: All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) on Tuesday opened its department of pulmonary medicine and sleep disorders. The department currently has a nine-bed ward, a 10-bed ICU and three sleeping labs.
The need for a full-time pulmonary department came up because of a sharp increase in non-communicable respiratory diseases, which require separate medical attention.
According to the data on fatalities in India, the deaths due to respiratory disease rank second after fatalities due to accidents. Also, it is the most common cause of morbidity. [Source: Asian Age]