Facts and figures about Pneumonia every Nigerian mother should know

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What is Pneumonia?

  • Pneumonia is a medical term used to describe an infection of the lung. It is an acute respiratory infection.
  • It can affect either one of the lungs or both of them.

Who is affected by Pneumonia?

  • It can affect people of all ages – both adults and children.
  • However, there are certain age groups within which it is more common; it is also more serious when it occurs in certain age groups than in others. This is the case especially among the elderly and children – they are more commonly affected and are more likely to develop a more serious infection than other age groups would.
  • It doesn’t affect only developing countries, as it is also a public health problemĀ  in developed countries like the United States.

How much mortality does this disease cause?

  • Of all infectious diseases affecting children, it causes the largest number of deaths in children. And, in general, it is one of the leading causes (both infectious and non-infectious) of death in children.
  • Out of every 100 deaths that occur in children under that age of 5 years, about 16 of them are from pneumonia.
  • In 2015, 920,136 children died from this infectious disease; most of whom were less than 2 years old.
  • And every day, about 2,500 children die from this infectious disease.
  • Most of these deaths occur in developing countries.
  • Every year, this disease kills approximately one million children who are below 5 years of age.
  • In the United States, about one million people seek medical care as a result of pneumonia annually. And about 50,000 people die every year from the disease.
  • You should know that pneumonia is an infection that can be prevented.
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Somso Kizor enjoys words. She loves reading good books and writing - amongst other things. Somso is passionate about educating people about their health; as this would reduce the burden of diseases and deaths (hence, suffering) all over the world. Let's not forget the popular saying that goes "health is wealth."