Posted by: wockhardthospitals | November 3, 2009

Captain uncool: Pneumonia.

Pneumonia : It`s described as ‘The Captain of Men of Death’. This captain kills more than 3 lakh Indian children under the age of five-highest mortality in the world-every year, says UN reports.

Symptoms:

Cough, chest congestion, fever, wheezing, fatigue, chest pain and nausea. Timely medical attention is crucial to avoid complications, including Death.

Pneumonia is a condition where infections, irritants or injuries cause inflammation of the lungs. Globally, it is the leading cause of death of under-5 children. The two gravest threats are : streptococcus pneumonia and haemophilus influenza type b.

Streptococcus Pneumonia:

It is primarily responsible for pneumonia and meningitis. In 2000, according to a recent WHO report, 1.45 crore cases were reported and 8.26 lakh children under the age of 5 died worldwide. Take a look at the most vulnerable nations:

India: 27%

China: 12%

Nigeria: 5%

Pakistan: 5%

Bangladesh: 4%

Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib):

It primarily causes ear infections, cellulitis (connective tissue damage), upper respiratory infections and pneumonia.

In 2000, WHO says, 81 lakh cases were reported and 3.71 lakh under-5 children died worldwide. In the case of Hib deaths, too. India leads the world.

Yet india has not included anti-pneumonia vaccines in its national immunisation programme.

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