How Deadly It Is And It’s Prevention – World Pneumonia Day

World Pneumonia Day,, as the world is urged to fight the disease and save lives. The disease is said to be a very dangerous killer disease than many other viral diseases, like HIV/AIDS. GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) urges that a fight against the killer disease is a fight to save lives.

According to UNICEF “Pneumonia accounts for 15% of all deaths of children under 5 years old, killing 920,136 children in 2015. Pneumonia is also the number 1 killer among the leading infectious diseases. It kills more young lives than malaria, diarrhoea and HIV/AIDS combined. Yes, you just read right.

Cause of it includes
Poverty-related factors such as under-nutrition, lack of safe water, sanitation and inadequate access to health care. 6 out of 10 childhood pneumonia deaths are concentrated in 10 countries: Chad, Nigeria, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Angola, India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, China and Indonesia.

Preventions are as follows
By protecting and treating children from pneumonia with;Routine immunizations against Hib, pneumococcus, measles and whooping cough.
Safe drinking water, good sanitation and frequent hand washing with soap.
Good nutrition especially for kids over 6 months of age.

Covering of mouth with a tissue while sneezing or coughing and dispose the tissue immediately after use also washing hands with soap and water.Not sharing cups or kitchen utensils with others.
Keeping the air clean at home.
Adequate nutrition with exclusive breastfeeding in the first six months of age and eating vitamin-rich foods over six months.

Together we can fight the scourge but education is critical to the fight. Get informed. Stop pneumonia now.

Babatunde

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